Kenya beat Namibia in U-20 Rugby Africa trophy final

08 Apr 2019 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Under-20 (U-20) rugby team will for the first time in five years not compete for the junior world rugby trophy after going down 18-21 to Kenya in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon.
The Namibian U-20 rugby team has won the Rugby Africa Junior Barthes Trophy since 2013, but their dream of competing at this year’s World Rugby Under-20 Trophy competition was ended by Kenya who they last beat 37-18 in the African final in Windhoek a year ago.
With their win over Namibia on Sunday, Kenya will now represent Africa at the junior world cup. They last participated in this competition in 2009 when they hosted it.
As for Namibia, their U-20 Rugby Africa Junior Barthes Trophy dominance of five years came to an end and they will have to regroup for next time.
The 2019 junior world rugby cup will be contested in Brazil from 09 to 21 July.
Kenya and Namibia reached the final that was played on Sunday after beating their opponents on Thursday. The Namibian boys beat Senegal 45-17 while their Pool A opponents Kenya thrashed Tunisia 73-0.
Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Kenya were drawn in Pool A at this year’s competition.