New Rugby Africa boss pledges to finance KRU in quest for swift World Series return

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RUGBY New Rugby Africa boss pledges to finance KRU in quest for swift World Series return

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 25.01.2024

Mensah pledged to help Kenya gain more funds to help them in their quest to gain promotion back to the HSBC World Series

Newly elected Rugby Africa boss Herbert Mensah has heaped praise on Kenya Rugby Union boss Alexander ‘Sasha’ Mutai, promising to help the federation  gain more financial muscle  following Kenya’s success at the opening HSBC SVNS Challenger Series leg in Dubai earlier this month.

Both Shujaa and Lionesses secured top two finishes at the tournament, with Shujaa clinching the title, while the Lionesses had to settle for second following a narrow defeat to China.

Nonetheless, both sides are on course to secure their playoff places as they seek promotion to the highest level of World Rugby for next season.

In a heartfelt letter to Mutai, Mensah promised to help push for his committee to make more funds get raised for both teams for the remaining challenger legs, especially considering one leg costs between $300,000 and $ 400,000 (Ksh 4.8-6.4 million) to take part.

“Funding will always be an issue, and I know that the challenger series will cost you between $300,000 and $400,000 a time, a fact that hasn't escaped me or my executive committee,” the letter seen  by Pulse Sports read.

“As we look to the future, we continue to look for new ways to raise funds, putting pressure on governments, institutions and sponsors.”

“Rugby Africa has also made a request to World Rugby to alter it’s funding models in order to help teams continue their development of rugby.

“We're also asking World Rugby to change the way it looks at its own funding models, but for now, Sasha, it's been a great success and I offer you my congratulations.

It is through unity and a strong sense of purpose that we can all succeed.”

Mensah also praised both sides’ performances at the tournament, further adding that they had “made Africa proud” with their near-perfect record in Dubai.

“I'd like to warmly congratulate the Kenyan men and women on their extraordinary results in the first stage of the competition series.

“You have done Africa proud and this comes at a time when we are experiencing changing horizons and it is becoming increasingly difficult for Africa to stay in touch, but this victory and performances show once again that the real talent in Africa is here.”

The series will now be heading to Montevideo, Uruguay in March with Kenya seeking to secure another top four place at the tournament.

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