Improving Kenyans eye 2019 World Cup
23 July 2015, 17:00
Nairobi - Qualification for RWC 2019 is one of the targets for Kenya head coach
Jerome Paarwater after overseeing a dramatic rise in the Simbas'
While Kenya's 15's team can probably only ever dream of emulating
their rugby sevens counterparts and reaching a World Cup semi-final - in
the short term at least, there's no doubt the Simbas are fast becoming a
force to be reckoned with in the longer version of the game.
Wins against higher-ranked opposition in Portugal, Tunisia and Spain
and a narrow defeat to Zimbabwe makes for an impressive set of results
in 2015, and has led to a double-digit rise to 28th in the World Rugby
Kenya's next test sees then take on Namibia in Windhoek, on 8 August,
and Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater anticipates a lively encounter
given recent events between the sides.
Kenya defeated Namibia (29-22) for only the second time in their
history at last year's Africa Cup in Madagascar, and looked odds on to
qualify for RWC 2015 only to miss out to the Welwitchias for the direct
passage and also Zimbabwe for the repechage spot on point differential.
"I think Namibia are definitely going to come out after us, they'll
have a score to settle after we beat them last year and nearly kept them
out of the World Cup," Paarwater said.
"They have all their overseas guys back and are a quality side, but
as I said to our guys against Spain, if you want to compete against the
best you must be the best."
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