Advantage for Kenya as Barthes returns to Nairobi

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RUGBY Advantage for Kenya as Barthes returns to Nairobi

Kiplagat Sang • 13:00 - 27.03.2023

The Kenyan U20 side will enjoy home advantage as they host their rivals for the championship.

After previous editions, the Rugby Africa U20 Barthes Trophy returns to Nairobi for a fourth time this April.

The previous editions were held in 2019, 2021, and 2022, and this year, the Kenyan capital city welcomes the competition once more.

The competition serves as the Africa U20 Championship and will be played from April 22 to April 30 at the Nyayo National Stadium and Kenya's Chipu are expected to enjoy the home advantage.

The championship is expected to bring together eight of Africa’s leading U20 sides, battling it out for the overall title and a ticket to this year’s World Rugby Junior Trophy, which also takes place in Nairobi in July this year.

Zimbabwe, who are defending champions, lead the Nairobi edition charge, as do last year’s beaten finalists Namibia.

Madagascar, Uganda, Zambia, Tunisia, and the Ivory Coast will also be participating as Kenya compete as the host nation.

The tournament will be played on a knockout basis over three match days:

Quarter-finals: April 22

Semi-finals: April 26

Finals:  April 30