With the sevens rugby world cup a thing of memory, all eyes to turn to the possibility of another world cup appearance for Uganda in the fifteens, in Japan in 2019.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup hit pause a while back to have all the focus on San Francisco but the African title contest returns in August, with 7 games to be played from 4th August to 18th August.
The winner of the Gold Cup is assured of a place in Group B through automatic qualification as Africa 1 alongside defending champions New Zealand, African giants South Africa and Italy. Coincidentally, the winner of the repechage tournament qualifier joins the teams in Group B; and it could be another African team.
Namibia are enjoying an assailable lead at the top of the Gold Cup and look set to defend the crown on 15 points from 3 games, and closely touted by Kenya on 12. The two sides are yet to meet and will have to wait for the last game day (18th August) to cross paths, but all signs show Namibia will defend the Gold Cup, while Kenya will come second and go on to the repechage, and face Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.
Mathematically, even Uganda on zero points from two games can make the repechage to say the least if they won the last three games of this year’s edition. The Cranes welcome Tunisia whom they pounded 78-17 last year in Kampala, before opening their doors to Morocco and will see out this year’s competiton at Kyadondo against the Zimbabwe Cheetahs on 18th August.
Africa Gold Cup Standings as of July 24
August 4, 2018
Uganda vs Tunisia 3pm
Zimbabwe vs Namibia 5pm
Kenya vs Tunisia 2pm
Uganda vs Morocco 4pm
Uganda vs Zimbabwe 3pm
Namibia vs Kenya 5pm
Tunisia vs Morocco 7pm