Kenyan Rugby Union will use the returned Currie Cup as a preparation for July’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Marseille, France.

Rugby enthusiasts are in for a historic treat when the Currie Cup comes to town in the month of June.

Kenya Simbas will play two home matches at Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground for two weekends on trot against the Leopards on Saturday 4th June before hosting the Eastern Province Elephants a week later.

Speaking after announcing the two fixtures on Tuesday, Kenya Rugby Union Chairman (KRU) Oduor Gangla said; “It has been a phenomenal experience for our team to play against fully professional sides in the Currie Cup. All this is part of our build up for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers happening in July this year. I really appreciate the President of South Africa Rugby Union (SARU), Mark Alexander and his CEO, Jourie Roux who have believed in what we are doing as Kenya Rugby. They have been very supportive of us. We have continued with very positive engagements.”

“We did intimate to SARU that it would be very good for the Currie Cup and Kenya Rugby if we could have some of our matches in Nairobi and after deliberation with both Leopards Rugby Union and Eastern Province Rugby Union, we all agreed to have games in Nairobi. We are very happy as it also an opportunity for Kenyan fans to watch the Simbas before they head off to the RWC qualifiers,” he added.

On his part, the Simbas Head Coach Paul Odera added;

“This Currie Cup campaign is a big part of fulfilling our vision to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Other nations like Argentina have fielded franchise teams in South African domestic competitions and they are now one of the most highly rated test nations in the world,” he said.

The 2022 Currie Cup First Division is the 84th edition of the competition  featuring ten sides, seven from South Africa, namely; Eastern Province Elephants, Griffons, Valke, Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, SWD Eagles and Leopards and teams from Georgia (Black Lion), Kenya (Simbas) and Zimbabwe (Goshawks).

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