Kenya Rugby wins bid to host Rugby Africa U20 tournament

The 2020 edition of the U20 Barthés Trophy will be held on April 19, 22 and 26 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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Rugby Africa has announced the successful bid of Kenya Rugby to host the U20 Barthés Trophy, sponsored by Société Générale, for three consecutive years.

 The 2020 edition of the U20 Barthés Trophy will be held on April 19, 22 and 26 in Nairobi, Kenya.

“The Kenya Rugby Union and the entire Kenyan people are thrilled by the excellent news from Rugby Africa awarding Kenya the Barthes U20 Trophy hosting rights for the next three years. It is indeed a great honour to all of us,” said Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla.

“Special mention to our Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage under the astute leadership of Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed who have supported our bid.”

We will work closely with Rugby Africa, the government, commercial sponsors, media and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the events,” said Gangla.

President of the Competition Commission at Rugby Africa and of the Senegal Rugby Federation, Guédel N’Diaye, said he was looking forward to launching an exciting 2020 season.

“The U20 Barthés Trophy marks the first tournament in the Rugby Africa calendar this year. We believe that we need this kind of commitment as shown by Kenya Rugby Union to strengthen our sport for a sustainable and strong future. With solid commitment, we can equally build a successful broadcast and commercial programme around the event.

“The young players are our major asset in terms of growing participation and fan base. The U20 Barthés Trophy tournament speaks to our long-term strategy for Africa to become the breeding ground of the next generation of world-class athletes. Through this competition, we can measure the real progress accomplished by the federation in terms of the development of rugby amongst the youth. Eighty per cent of the selected players evolved from their local championships.”

The Barthés Trophy is the only junior tournament in Africa, with eight national U20 teams competing for the title. Participating teams in 2020 are Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia.

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