Kenya will play Colombia in their rescheduled 2022 Women Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier on 25 August 2021 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.
This fixture was originally set for Saturday 18 April 2020 before being postponed in support of the Kenyan Government’s precautionary measures to protect public health against the COVID-19 pandemic which ravaged local and international sport.
The winner between Kenya and Colombia will qualify for a four-team repechage that will see one winner qualify for the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
Kenya/Colombia will join runners up from Oceania(Tonga/Samoa), Rugby Europe and Asia Rugby regions for the four-team global repechage in 2021.
Repechage winner will play reigning champions and hosts New Zealand, Australia and Wales in Pool A. Pool B will see Canada set to face the USA for the first time in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup alongside Europe 1 and Asia 1.
Rugby World Cup 2017 runners-up England are drawn in Pool C alongside bronze medallists France, South Africa and Fiji, who are set to make their Rugby World Cup debut.
Head Coach Felix Oloo, currently in Tokyo for the Olympics with the Kenya women’s national sevens team said, “The team has been preparing quite well. Our sessions have been quite an eye-opener. A number of my players are away on Olympic duty with the sevens team but I believe the remaining players have received a taste of elite international rugby in the two tests against Madagascar. As a technical bench, we are spoiled for choice and pretty positive heading into the clash against Colombia.”
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said, “This is the first time we have an opportunity to be able to compete for the right to play in the RWC and it is a testament to the growth of the women’s game in our country.
Obviously, it is unknown territory and we have started our preparations for the game and are really looking forward to the particular match where we will be able to test ourselves against Colombia and hopefully proceed on to the repechage".
-Additional material derived from KRU Media