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2022 Rugby Africa tournaments officially launched at Munyonyo

David GOMBE

Uganda will host the 2022 Africa Rugby Men’s 7s in Kampala.
The event will be stage at Kyadondo Rugby grounds from 23rd -24th April, 2022.

The event was officially launched at Speke Resort in Munyonyo on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022.

Godwin Kayangwe, the President Uganda Rugby Union says the nation is ready to stage the event

“Uganda as the hosts we are ready to host the Africa 7’s Championship. Preparations are going on well and we are optimistic we shall have an exciting tournament in Kampala.”

Kayangwe has also set a target for the hosts

“Having been at the World Cup now our target is to win the competition at home. We are very ready for the event and we are optimistic we shall win.” Said Kayangwe.

Countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ghana, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Mauritius and hosts Uganda will take part in the Championship.

For starters, Uganda hosted the Africa Men’s 7s in 2017.

The tournament is a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games and 7s Rugby World Cup.

The 7s Rugby World Cup will be staged in South Africa in September this year. Only three African countries will join South Africa to the showpiece.

Meanwhile, Tunisia are to host the Women’s Rugby Africa 7s from April 29th -30th. The competition will attract countries such as Uganda, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Ghana, Zimbabwe and hosts Tunisia.

Tunisia hosted the 2019 Africa Women’s 7s and a Sevens Solidarity Camp in 2021.

The U-20 Barthies Trophy will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 9th to 17th April.

Kenya are the reigning champions and will defend their crown against countries such as Namibia, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast.

The Rugby Africa Cup will however be held in Marseille, France from 1st – 10th July.

Namibia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Algeria are the countries that will take part in the Rugby Africa Cup.

The Rugby Africa will act as the qualification Phase for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Andrew Owor (Vice President Rugby Africa), Geofrey Gangla Odour (President Kenya Rugby),Aref Belkhiria (President Tunisia Rugby), Jurie Roux (RA Secretary and CEO SARU) all attended the official launch of Rugby 2022 Africa at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala on Thursday.

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