Namibia in action against Zimbabwe in their recent RWC qualifiers. Photo: @RugbyAfrique on twitter

HARARE – Namibia's Welwitschias  53-28 victory over Kenya at Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday has lifted them above Canada in the world rankings to 22nd place.

The results means Namibia confirmed their place at RWC 2019 in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the Repechage Winner after retaining the Rugby Africa Gold Cup.

Kenya will now play Canada, Hong Kong and Germany for the right to claim the 20th and final ticket to Japan at the RWC 2019 repechage tournament in November. 

Namibia celebrate qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019. Photo: Namibia Rugby on facebook
Namibia celebrate qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019. Photo: Namibia Rugby on facebook

Among other African teams, Kenya remain in 28th place despite the loss of nearly six-tenths of a point.

After securing their place in the Gold Cup for next season with a 38-18 win away to Uganda, Zimbabwe climb eight places in the rankings to 37th while Uganda fall six places to 41st.

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Tunisia also live to fight another day in Africa’s top-tier competition, thanks to their 36-13 win over Morocco, and as an added bonus they climb two places to 40th, overtaking Sri Lanka and Colombia in the process.

Morocco's fall of four places to 47th sees the Ivory Coast and Guyana shift up one, to 45th and 46th respectively.  

African News Agency (ANA)


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