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NRU to host Rugby Africa Barthés Trophy

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) will host the U20 Rugby Africa Junior Barthés Trophy at Windhoek slated for this Wednesday and Saturday. 

The teams are expected to play each other at the Vegkop Stadium of Windhoek High School on Wednesday and at Hage Geingob Stadium on Friday.

The winner of this tournament is expected to play the Northern African championship winner on the 12th of May after which the African champion will qualify to participate in the Junior World Rugby Trophy later this year. 

The head coach of the team, Roger Thompson, said that the team has prepared well and is positive they will emerge victorious.  

“The Namibian team has been in camp since the beginning of last week and is excited about the challenge of retaining their status as Rugby Africa under 20 champions. We have really prepared ourselves for this one. We have a very strong team and are looking forward to giving all our opponents a tough time,” he noted.

He added that this is also an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent on an international level. 

Tomorrow at 15H00 Kenya will log horns Madagascar followed by Namibia and Zimbabwe game at 17H00 on Vegkop stadium at Windhoek High School.

The Saturday games will see losers of game 1 playing losers of game 2 at 15H00 while the winner of game 1 will play the winner of game 2 at 17H00 at the Hage Geingob Stadium.