Rugby Africa announced the location and schedule of the tournament that will serve as the first qualifying round for the Africa zone for the next World Cup in France. The African rugby confederation awarded Burkina Faso the organization of the Rugby Africa Cup repechage tournament, which will take place in Ouagadougou, from June 5 to 13.
The winner of this tournament can dream of the World Cup and will join Group D (with Zimbabwe and Tunisia) of the African Cup, which will take place in July in Tunisia, and which will mark the second qualifying round. Subsequently, the two best teams from each of the four groups They will move on to the third round, which will be played in 2022 in the form of an eight-cushion tournament that will send its winner to the World Cup and the finalist. to the Repechages.
Going back to the first round, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon and Nigeria will face off in a single group format, with three games in eight days.
The complete program:
Saturday June 5: Nigeria – Burundi and Cameroon – Burkina Faso
Wednesday June 9: Nigeria – Burkina Faso and Burundi – Cameroon
Sunday June 13: Nigeria – Cameroon and Burkina Faso – Burundi
South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina and Fiji They are already qualified for the World Cup by finishing in the top three places of their groups at RWC 2019. The remaining eight places will be determined in a series of qualifying tournaments in 2021 and 2022, including a final four-team contest to define the number 20.