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KRU cash strapped, rugby team might miss Vodacom Cup

23 January 2015, 18:30

Nairobi - Kenya's participation in the South African Rugby Union's (SARU) Vodacom Cup is in doubt due to a lack of funding.

The annual tournament is a second tier competition in which all of the South Africa’s provincial unions participate while the five Super Rugby franchises compete in that tournament.

Kenya’s 15-man team was set to be based in Cape Town, in the Western Cape and take part in the Southern Section of the competition.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) recently agreed a three-year Sh75 million (R25 million per year) sponsorship deal with Tusker.

However, Dennis Ombui, the KRU’s director of national squads, says this is not enough to cover the cost.

“We are looking at some options on how we can feature in this year’s Vodacom competition but we can only confirm our position at the end of this month,” Ombui told the Star newspaper.

“The budget for the seven games including accommodation, flights, gym time, allowances and other miscellaneous expenses comes to Sh55 million yet what we are getting from Tusker is Sh25 million which is way below the budget.”

“We are looking at playing three matches at home and four games away. We are therefore speaking to them (SARU) about this proposal and we hope their response will be positive.

“We can pay the accommodation for them for five days and the teams can pay their fare.”

Kenya are meant to start the competition against the Eastern Province Kings on March 21 and conclude their participation against the Free State Cheetahs on May 9.

The team had planned to use the tournament as preparation for their Confederation of Africa Rugby 1A fixtures against Namibia, Zimbabwe and Tunisia in July.

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