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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' fortunes.

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 Rankings.

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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