Kenya confirmed for Vodacom Cup
31 October 2014, 16:08
Nairobi - Kenya's Tusker Simba XV will once again feature in South Africa's domestic competition in 2015, the Vodacom Cup.
Tusker will again be based in Cape Town for the eight-week tournament, which runs from March 21 to May 30.
"[The invitation] showed the confidence the South Africa Rugby Union
in Kenyan rugby, noting that the team is worthy of playing at such a
prestigious level," Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee told
reporters on Thursday evening.
"We have not heard better news in a long while. Kenyans will be
excited and happy to know that our sponsors, East African Breweries
Limited [EABL], through their flagship brand Tusker, have a three-year
commitment, starting last year, to the aid of the team. It is an
expensive affair but the gains from our participation in South African
rugby this year was beyond imagination.
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"We thank Steven Roos, senior manager for competitions at SARU, for
this intervention and we shall be getting back to him so that we have
smooth arrangements well before the team arrives in Cape Town next
"We also thank SARU President Oregan Hoskins and President of the
Western Province Rugby Union, Thelo Wakefield for their tremendous
support and goodwill shown to Kenya rugby and people of our country in
general. These two gentlemen have remarkably strengthened the bonds
between people of South Africa and Kenya. Their selflessness is simply
Kenya participated in the competition for the first this year and
while they struggled to compete against the local sides, their
experience nearly saw them qualify for the World Cup next year when they
narrowly lost to Namibia in the African qualifiers in Madagascar last
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