Gold Cup takes new format starting 2019

Gold Cup takes new format starting 2019

Following the announcement that Africa’s premium rugby tournament will have 8 team from 6 as before, a new twitch which accommodates two pools has been introduced effective 2019.\

The 2019 Rugby Africa Gold Cup will have eight teams divided into two Pools A and B. The eight teams are 2018 Gold Cup champions Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Algeria and Zimbabwe.

Pool A will be headlined by the Gold Cup champs Namibia, who have been grouped alongside Tunisia, Zimbabwe and 2018 Silver Cup runners-up and newly  promoted Zambia. Kenya will lead Group B alongside East African Rivals Uganda, Morocco and 2018 Silver Cup Champions Algeria.

Rugby Afrique President Abdelazziz Boudja made the announcement to increase the teams to eight (8) after the Silver Cup final between Algeria and Zambia. Algeria beat Zambia 31-00. Zambia overcame Madagascar and Botswana in the Silver Cup South group, as Algeria disposed of Ivory Coast and Senegal in the Silver Cup North Group.

The proposed format will have the pool Matches played in a round robin in two different venues and on different dates within July. Pool A matches will be played between July 6th and 14th while Pool B matches will take place between 13th and 21st July. Winners of each Pool will face off in a finale on a later date. Participating nations have been advised to bid for hosting privileges.

Pool A Matches:

6th July
Match 1- Namibia vs Tunisia
Match 2 – Zimbabwe vs Zambia
10th July
Match 3 – Namibia vs Zambia
Match 4 – Tunisia vs Zimbabwe
14th July
Match 5 – Namibia vs Zimbabwe
Match 6 – Tunisia vs Zambia

Pool B Matches
13th July
Match 1 – Kenya vs Uganda
Match 2 – Algeria vs Morocco
17th July
Match 3 – Kenya vs Morocco
Match 4 – Algeria vs Uganda
21st July
Match 5 – Kenya vs Algeria
Match 6 – Uganda vs Morocco

The dates are tentative and should they change, Rugby Africa will alert the participating Nations.

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