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RWC Women’s qualifiers announced, Sauda to be judge

World Rugby has announced the Rugby World Cup (RWC) Women’s qualifiers schedule, set to happen in August in South Africa, alongside the referees to judge, with Uganda’s Sauda Adiru named.

The four team tournament will played on three game days, in August in South Africa and the teams to participate in this African RWC Women’s qualifiers are Uganda, Kenya, Madagascar and hosts, South Africa.

EAch team will play three games with the winner qualifying for the World Cup directly, and the second having to see out the repechage with the hopes of a second chance. The final team to qualify for Women’s RWC 2021 will be decided via the new Repechage tournament, which will take place in 2020. The tournament will comprise of the second placed teams in the Asia, Europe and Oceania regional tournaments and the winner of the play-off between South America and second-placed team from the Africa regional qualifier.

The referees too have been named, of whom Sauda Adiru, Uganda’s highest ranked referee is among. Sauda will a judge at the games, alongside Spain’s Alhambra Nievas, South Africa’s Ashleigh Murray and Zimbabwe’s Precious Pazani.

Courtesy photo : Sauda Adiru in action

This tournament schedule and match officials are as below:

9 August 2019

Madagascar vs Kenya
Referee: Saudah Adiru (Uganda)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

South Africa vs Uganda
Referee: Precious Pazani (Zimbabwe)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

13 August 2019

Kenya vs Uganda
Referee: Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

Madagascar vs South Africa
Referee: Saudah Adiru (Uganda)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

17 August 2019

Madagascar vs Uganda
Referee: Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

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South Africa vs Kenya
Referee: Precious Pazani (Zimbabwe)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

‘‘We are happy to see our counter parts taking to the center, this is very encouraging more so to have our Ugandan neighbour  Saudah Adiru is a real motivator to us. The upcoming generations of women referees can see that we can also do it,’’ said Beril Akinyi pictured below.

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