With a proud flag, Madagascar is finally in Kenya for The. landed U20 BarthÃ©s Trophy, which started on June 26th at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi and runs until July 11th, 2021
First of all travel restrictions and closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic helped Rugby Africa send the team to Kenya while addressing the COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols.
Defending champions Kenya, Senegal and now Madagascar are fighting for this year’s African Junior Champion title. The fourth team, Namibia, had to miss the tournament as an increased number of Covid cases in the country prevented them from traveling.
As a result of their withdrawal, a game was played on Saturday, June 26th. Hosts and defending champions Kenya defeated Senegal 50-3 in this encounter.
The remaining fixings are as follows
- 3rd of July: Senegal versus Madagascar
- July 11th: Kenya versus Madagascar
The U20 The Barthes Trophy symbolizes the beginning of three weeks of international rugby action on Kenyan soil. Their 15-man national team, Simbas, will host Zambia and Senegal at the Rugby Africa Cup between July 3 and 11, while their 15-man national team, Lionesses, will face Madagascar on July 3 and 11.
Malagasy Rugby Union President Marcel Rakotomalala said it was the first time three Malagasy national teams have traveled together to compete in three competitions.
âWe are very pleased that three of our national teams are proud to represent Madagascar in Kenya, and we are grateful for the support of our host Kenya Rugby Union. This is due to a lot of hard work, negotiation and determined collaboration with Rugby Africa to find solutions to the travel challenges posed by the border closings in Madagascar due to the pandemic. All three teams were in camp, have prepared for the tournaments and are eager to play. “
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said: âOn behalf of us KRU, I warmly welcome Madagascar rugby teams on their tour to Kenya. We commend Malagasy Rugby Union and Rugby Africa for doing everything necessary to ensure that the tour begins and Madagascar can take part in both the Barthes Trophy and the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup. “
âYour actions embody the solidarity of the rugby family and we applaud them for their courage to keep playing the game despite the scale of the pandemic. We look forward to your participation to make the international events a phenomenal success, âhe added.
Funded by SociÃ©tÃ© GÃ©nÃ©rale, The U20 The BarthÃ©s Trophy is the only junior tournament in Africa, where there are usually eight national U20 Teams fight for the title. It takes place annually and the winners of the competition get the right to represent the African continent in the World Rugby Junior Trophy.
In 2019, Kenya hosted and won the competition, defeating then-champions Namibia with 21-18. The team finished sixth in this year’s World Rugby Junior Trophy tournament in Brazil.
In early 2020, Rugby Africa granted the Kenya Rugby Union the Barthes Trophy hosting rights for a period of three years until 2022.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition could not be held in 2020. At that time were Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, CÃ´te d’Ivoire, Zambia.
These years U20 However, the BarthÃ©s Trophy will be a good preparation for Kenya – which will automatically qualify and host the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2022 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.
Saturday 3rd July 2021
Kenya lionesses versus Madagascar – 1100 a.m. (RAC Women)
Senegal U20 v Madagascar U20 – 1.30 p.m. (U20 Barthes trophy)
Kenya – Senegal – 4:00 p.m. (RAC)
Wednesday July 7th
Senegal – Zambia – 3.00m (RAC)
Sunday July 11th
Kenya – Madagascar – 11.00 a.m. (RAC Women)
Kenya U20 v Madagascar U20– 1.30 p.m. (U20 Barthes trophy)
Kenya – Zambia – 4:00 p.m. (RAC)
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