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Germany drops to repechage, Samoa through to RWC 2019
By Eric Njiru | Sat 14 Jul, 2018 19:42

Samoa will play in pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after winning a playoff against Germany on Saturday July 14, 2018. 

Following their 42-28 win over Germany, Samoa joins Ireland, Scotland, hosts Japan and Russia in pool A for the global showpiece. 

It's not over yet for Germany as they have another chance of making it to Japan. They drop to global repechage set for November in Marseille in France becoming the third team after Canada and Hong Kong to drop to the repechage. 

They will be joined by second best team from the ongoing Rugby Africa Gold Cup that has been used as 2019 World Cup qualifier. 

As it stands, Namibia have 15 points while Kenya have 12 points meaning the latter would qualify for the repechage to join the three teams. Both teams will meet in the last round of matches on August 18 with Kenya needing maximum points from now to stand any chance of qualifying as Africa 1 for the World Cup. 

Kenya has met Germany and Hong Kong before. 

Germany fly-half Chris Hilsenbeck's last-gasp chalked curling drop goal from the left spurred Germany to a 30-29 victory over Kenya Simbas in a thrilling International Test match at the RFUEA ground in 2017. 

In the same year, Kenya went down 40-30 to Hong Kong in the last match of Hong Kong Cup of nations played during the November test window. Hong Kong visited Nairobi in August 2017 winning 43-34 in the second test; the two sides had played to a 19-19 draw in the first match. 

Kenya played Hong Kong in 2016 and won 34-10. 

Germany, Hong Kong, Canada and Africa 2 will compete in the round-robin format event to be played across three match days on Sunday 11 November, Saturday 17 November and Friday 23 November, 2018.

Read Also: Africa Gold Cup week 4 round up, standings

The repechage tournament is a new concept for Rugby World Cup qualification and represents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup.

The winner of the repechage will slot into Pool B at RWC 2019 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the Africa 1 qualifier.

The Stade Delort in Marseille is a 5,000 capacity venue which has previously hosted rugby and major sports events in France’s second largest city in the Provence region. 

Eric Njiru
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