NAIROBI, Kenya, February 26 – Kenyan rugby fans are in for a treat this season with the national 15s team slated to play three test matches against Uganda and old adversaries Zimbabwe in a new regional tournament called the Victoria Cup.The competition to be played on a home and away basis will open with a clash between Kenya and Zimbabwe on June 12 and will close with the sables taking on Uganda on July 24.
Michael Otieno’s side will also share the stage with world champions South Africa in Witbank where they will face provincial side Mpumalanga Pumas in a curtain raiser for the test between the Springboks and Italy.
The move is line with the Kenya Rugby Football Union (KRFU) to grant more exposure for the 15s side so that they could scale the same heights as the national sevens team.
The match will take place on 19th June at Witbank Stadium.
Meanwhile, Impala versus Nondiescripts headlines round three of Kenya Cup fixtures on Saturday.
Nondies are without a win from their last two outings and the match against the defending champions will make clinching their first win much tougher.
Impala have two victories on the trot and victory against one of their biggest perennial rivals will hold them in good stead ahead of their match against Mwamba in a fortnight’s time.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) are another unbeaten side that face a potential banana skin when Mwamba come calling at the Lions den.
The black shirts will be reeling from last week’s 63-19 slaughter at the hands of Kenya Harlequins and will need more than their superstar personell to secure their first win of the season.
League leaders Quins will be forgiven for licking their lips at the prospect of facing Strathmore University away.
Their drubbing of Mwamba and their earlier have the game’s aristocrats riding on a crest of a wave and a win by another big margin will put them in a commanding position at the top of the table.
Mean Machine have a tough assignment in Nakuru where they will have to do battle against the unbeaten Wanyore.