July2,2014(ISN) – Kenya are in pole position to make history and qualify for a Rugby World Cup for the first time after maintaining their winning run in the CAR Africa Cup Division 1A Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying tournament in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Wednesday.
Kenya, aiming to break Namibia’s recent stranglehold as the Africa region’s second representative on Rugby’s greatest stage, recorded a bonus-point 34-0 win over Madagascar to open up a significant lead at the top of the table with one round remaining on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s 24-20 defeat to Namibia in the opening match of the day means that it is still all to play for going into Super Sunday when Madagascar play Namibia and Kenya face Zimbabwe.
The winner of the three-round tournament will join New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C, while the runner-up will face Russia for a place in the repechage final.
With the Webb Ellis Cup arriving in Antananarivo as part of the popular Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, in association with Land Rover and DHL, a festival atmosphere and a vociferous capacity crowd looks set to welcome the decisive round of matches on Sunday.
The tour will feature school and club visits, United Nations World Food Programme (RWC 2015 humanitarian partner) activation and the IRB’s Get Into Rugby programme, which has been responsible for more than 500,000 boys and girls taking up the sport since its launch in 2013.
IRB Vice-Chairman Oregan Hoskins said: “Rugby in Africa is thriving with more men, women and children now playing the game on the vast continent than ever before, and no place better embodies the sheer passion of African Rugby than Madagascar.”
CAR President Abdelaziz Bougja added: “We are proud that the Rugby World is focused on African Rugby as we look set to confirm our representative to Rugby World Cup 2015.”
“The standard of Rugby in this great continent continues to grow, along with participation, and the compelling nature of this tournament is certainly a reflection of that growth. We are set for a fantastic final round of matches.”
The IRB and CAR are committed to developing Rugby across Africa. Between 2013 and 2016, the IRB will be investing more than £8 million in tournaments, development, administration and high performance across the continent.
Watch all the action from the final round of matches on Sunday live at www.irb.com and join the conversation @rugbyworldcup.com.
The Webb Ellis Cup will visit Madagascar for the first time ahead of the decisive round of matches on July 6 as part of the official Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, presented by DHL and Land Rover, and its arrival is eagerly anticipated.
The IRB is streaming all the matches live via www.irb.com/live while you can join the conversation @rugbyworldcup.
Namibia 22 – Kenya 29
Zimbabwe 57 – Madagascar 22
Zimbabwe 20 – Namibia 24
Kenya 34 – Madagascar 0
Madagascar v Namibia
Kenya v Zimbabwe