Rugby Super Series finally makes return after decade-long absence

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RUGBY Rugby Super Series finally makes return after decade-long absence

Mark Kinyanjui 12:19 - 15.03.2024

The Rugby Super Series is set to take place in May after a decade-long absence, with the ultimate aim being to help strengthen the Kenya Simbas ahead of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby Super Series is set to make a triumphant return after a ten-year hiatus, signaling a thrilling new chapter in the history of Kenyan rugby.

Aggrey Chabeda, Chairman of the Organising Committee, expressed his excitement about the tournament's return and shared the vision for its future.

“I am thrilled to be part of this momentous occasion and to share our vision for the future of the tournament,” Chabeda said in a statement.

“This tournament has a rich history and has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Kenya XV’s rugby. We are thrilled to bring it back to life and to provide a platform for our top players to showcase their talent on the national stage once again.”

With a rich history, the Rugby Super Series has played a vital role in shaping Kenya's XV’s rugby landscape.

Notably, this edition will include two women’s teams, a significant step towards gender equity in the sport.

The primary objectives of the tournament include elevating the standards of play for top players, managing the event professionally and commercially, and creating a vibrant environment for family entertainment. 

The goal is to upgrade participating franchises to fully-fledged professional teams within two years, ultimately enhancing the quality of competition and preparing the National XV’s team for the Rugby World Cup in 2027.

The Rugby Super Series 2024 will take place on four Saturdays (4th, 11th,18th & 25th of May 2024 with matches scheduled to be held in Nairobi on the first and last weekends and in Nakuru & Kakamega in between.

The tournament will feature four men's teams—Buffaloes, Cheetahs, Lions, and Rhinos—representing Kenya Cup Clubs, along with two women's teams—Eagles and Jaguars—part of the National Lionesses’ squad.

The Men’s Format will see each team facing the others over the first three match days, with the top two meeting in the final. 

The women’s matches will be determined by aggregate scores over two games, both held in Nairobi. All games on any match day will be hosted at one venue to maximize excitement and engagement.

The re-launch of the Rugby Super Series promises a new era for Kenyan rugby, characterized by professionalism, excitement, and growth. Chabeda invites all rugby fans and stakeholders, especially the media, to join in this exciting journey.

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