Kenya to make Vodacom Cup debut

Kenya will add an international flavour to the Vodacom Cup this year when they compete in this 17th annual edition of this national competition for the first time.

 

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday confirmed that Kenya will form part of the Vodacom Cup in the place of Argentina’s Pampas XV, Vodacom Cup champions in 2011.

 

Kenya will play in the South Section of the competition and will be based in Cape Town. Their home ground for the duration of the Vodacom Cup will be confirmed later.

 

“It’s wonderful to see another African team in the Vodacom Cup with Kenya’s inclusion,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

 

“We have a mandate to help improve and develop the game in Africa and Kenya’s inclusion will do a lot to uplift the game in that country as they aim to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

 

“Their Sevens team has been quite successful in the last few years and I’m sure the Kenyans will bring the same passion and skill to the Vodacom Cup.”

 

Each section, North and South, will consist of eight teams, who will play within their divisions in the group phase. The quarter-finals will be cross-section, with the top two teams from each section hosting the third and fourth sides from the other section in the first knock-out round.

 

“The format of the Vodacom Cup is exactly the same as last year, when the conclusion of the competition was pretty exciting,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

 

“The Vodacom Cup is where most Springboks take their first steps in senior rugby and in a couple of years’ time we could see this year’s stars in Green and Gold.”

 

The Vodacom Cup kicks off on the weekend 7/8 March with the final scheduled for the weekend of 16/17 May. Last year’s champions, the Golden Lions, will start their campaign in Potchefstroom against the Leopards XV, while Kenya’s first game is against the EP Kings.

 

Vodacom Cup 2014

 

North Section

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Golden Lions

Down Touch Griffons

GWK Griquas

Leopards XV

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls

Steval Pumas

Valke

 

South Section

Regent Boland Cavaliers

Border Bulldogs

EP Kings

Toyota Free State XV

Kenya

Cell C Sharks XV

SWD Eagles

DHL Western Province

 

Fixtures (home teams named first, kick-off times and venues TBC):

 

Round 1 – 7/8 March

WP v Boland

Free State XV v SWD

Border v Sharks XV

Kenya v EP

Blue Bulls v Griquas

Valke v Pumas

Leopards XV v Golden Lions

Griffons v Limpopo Blue Bulls

 

Round 2 – 14/15 March

Boland v Free State XV

Sharks XV v WP

EP v Border

Kenya v SWD

Golden Lions v Valke

Pumas v Blue Bulls

Griquas v Griffons

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Leopards XV

 

Round 3 – 21/22 March

WP v EP

Free State XV v Sharks XV

SWD v Boland

Border v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Golden Lions

Valke v Leopards XV

Griquas v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Griffons v Pumas

 

Round 4 – 28/29 March

Sharks XV v SWD

EP v Free State XV

Border v WP

Kenya v Boland

Valke v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Leopards XV v Blue Bulls

Golden Lions v Griffons

Pumas v Griquas

 

Round 5 – 4/5 April

Free State XV v Border

SWD v EP

Boland v Sharks XV

WP v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Valke

Griquas v Golden Lions

Griffons v Leopards XV

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Pumas

 

Round 6 – 11/12 April

WP v Free State XV

EP v Boland

Border v SWD

Kenya v Sharks XV

Pumas v Leopards XV

Griquas v Valke

Griffons v Blue Bulls

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Golden Lions

 

Round 7 – 25/26 April

SWD v WP

Boland v Border

Sharks XV v EP

Free State XV v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Valke v Griffons

Leopards XV v Griquas

Golden Lions v Pumas

 

Quarter-finals – 2/3 May

North 1 v South 4

South 1 v North 4

North 2 v South 3

South 2 v South 3

 

Semi-finals – 9/10 May

Winner QF1 v Winner QF 4

Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3

 

Final – 16/17 May

Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

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