Uganda to host Group of the U20 Barthes Cup

Uganda will host two other countries i.e Zambia and Ghana competing in the 2019 Group C of the Barthes Cup at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

Group C matches of the Barthes Cup will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda where the emerging teams of Ghana, Zambia and Uganda will compete for a place in Group B in 2019. The losing team from this group will be replaced by a new junior team in 2019. “The U20 Group C tournament will be hosted at Kyadondo Rugby Club. Africa can look forward to an exciting week of rugby and a festival to crown it all. We welcome you all to Kampala,” the Rugby Africa Vice-President, Andrew Owor, promised.

Uganda returns to the U20 scene after serving a two year ban having failed to field a 23-man squad in Madagascar in 2016 yet Rugby Africa had footed a bill to cover accommodation and travel expenses of a full strength 23 man team, excluding coaching staff and technical personnel. Uganda was fined UGX 17.9M on top of the ban.

That team constituted of current 7s star Ian Munayni and Mongers half back Timothy Luyirika.

The U20 Barthes Cup is being contested by three groups graded by level, with 4 teams in each of Groups A and B and 3 teams in Group C. These groups were established according to the 2018 rankings. As a result, Group A, was competed for in Nairobi from the April 4-7th, was made up of teams from Kenya, Tunisia, Namibia and Senegal, and was won by the hosts, Kenya. Owing to that, Kenya will participate in the  Junior World Trophy 2019.

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The matches of Group B will take place between the 17th and 20th of April in Harare, Zimbabwe and will played by teams from Morocco, Ivory Coast, Madagascar and, of course, Zimbabwe. The same rule applies as for Group A: the winner will be promoted to Group A and the losers will be relegated to Group C in 2019.

The World Rugby Junior Trophy, for its part, is an annual international competition involving 8 teams, including the host team, the relegated World U20 Championship team – from the top division – and 6 regionally qualified teams. Last year in Romania, Namibia succeeded in picking up a 4th place win.

Match Programme for the U20 Barthes Cup: 

GROUP B                 

17th April 2019: 

13.30 – Zimbabwe v Ivory Coast

15.30 – Morocco v Madagascar

Stadium:  Police Grounds, Harare

20th April 2019:

10.00 – Loser Match 1 v Loser Match 2

12.00 – Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2

Stadium:  Police Grounds, Harare

GROUP C                 

7th May 2019: 

17.00 – Ghana v Zambia

Stadium:  Kyadondo Rugby Club, Kampala

10th May 2019:

17.00 – Uganda v Ghana

Stadium:  Kyadondo Rugby Club, Kampala

20th April 2019:

14.00 – Zambia v Uganda

Stadium:  Kyadondo Rugby Club, Kampala

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