After it was confirmed that two matches of the prestigious Currie Cup will be played in Nairobi, a number of Kenyan rugby stakeholders have vouched for the national men’s rugby 15’s team Simba to qualify for the 2023 World Cup.
In what will be a first time for the Currie Cup in Kenya, Simba will host Leopards and June 4 and Eastern Province Elephants on June 11 at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.
According to head coach Paul Odera, the two matches will give a shot in the arm to Simba’s bid to qualify for the 2023 World Cup finals that will be staged in France from 8 September to 28 October 2023 in nine venues across the country.
Kenya is using the Currie Cup to prepare for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers slated for July in Marseille, France.
“In terms of rugby in the field this is going to go a long way in preparing us for the World Cup qualifiers because it will allow players to come back home who have been away for the last two and a half months,” Odera said.
According to Odera, the two home matches for Simba will also help local-based players to better their game as June’s opposition offers a big learning platform for growth and development as a player.
“For locally based players it will be a great deal for their development, so if we can continue with this consistently over the next four to five years, you will find that our local players and rugby will get better,” said the tactician.
Odera has pledged to be a good host to the South Africans, promising them some good time in the East African nation.
“I can assure the EP Elephants and the Leopards that away from the rugby field, you will experience the warm hospitality of the Kenyan people,” Odera said.