Following Zimbabwe’s clinical 95-05 demolition of Burkina Faso in the final match of the Rugby Africa Cup 2021 Pool D in Harare, Zimbabwe on Thursday evening, the quarterfinal pairings of the Rugby Africa Cup 2021 have been confirmed.
Zimbabwe topped the pool ahead of freshly promoted Burkina Faso and Tunisia. The North African country, who were initially set to be the host in the city of Monastir, pulled out of the tournament altogether due to travel restrictions as the country struggled with rising cases of COVID-19. The other pools were concluded as had been initially scheduled.
Rugby Africa Cup 2021 Final Standings (host*):
- Pool A: Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire*, Madagascar.
- Pool B: Senegal, Kenya*, Zambia.
- Pool C: Uganda*, Algeria, Ghana.
- Pool D: Zimbabwe*, Burkina Faso.
Therefore, for the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 which will serve as a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifier tournament for the African continent, Pool C winners Uganda will face Pool B runners-up Kenya in the fourth quarterfinal.
Both neighbouring East African rivals, who play an annual Elgon Cup competition named after the volcanic mountain along the common border, will be playing for a maiden appearance at the global competition.
Rugby Africa Cup 2022 (Rugby World Cup qualifier):
- QF 1: Namibia vs Burkina Faso
- QF 2: Zimbabwe vs Cote d’Ivoire
- QF 3: Senegal vs Algeria
- QF 4: Uganda vs Kenya
The winner of the final will get a direct ticket to the Rugby World Cup to occupy the African slot which was drawn in Pool A alongside hosts France, New Zealand, Italy and the winner of the equivalent Americas competition.
The losing finalist will take the tough route through the Repechage which will be played before the Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 8, 2023.
The dates and venue(s) of these matches will be confirmed by Rugby Africa at a later time.