Kenya to make Vodacom Cup debut

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Kenya will add an international flavour to the Vodacom Cup this year when they compete in this 17th annual edition of this national competition for the first time.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday confirmed that Kenya will form part of the Vodacom Cup in the place of Argentina’s Pampas XV, Vodacom Cup champions in 2011.

Kenya will play in the South Section of the competition and will be based in Cape Town. Their home ground for the duration of the Vodacom Cup will be confirmed later.

“It’s wonderful to see another African team in the Vodacom Cup with Kenya’s inclusion,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We have a mandate to help improve and develop the game in Africa and Kenya’s inclusion will do a lot to uplift the game in that country as they aim to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

“Their Sevens team has been quite successful in the last few years and I’m sure the Kenyans will bring the same passion and skill to the Vodacom Cup.”

Each section, North and South, will consist of eight teams, who will play within their divisions in the group phase. The quarter-finals will be cross-section, with the top two teams from each section hosting the third and fourth sides from the other section in the first knock-out round.

“The format of the Vodacom Cup is exactly the same as last year, when the conclusion of the competition was pretty exciting,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

“The Vodacom Cup is where most Springboks take their first steps in senior rugby and in a couple of years’ time we could see this year’s stars in Green and Gold.”

The Vodacom Cup kicks off on the weekend 7/8 March with the final scheduled for the weekend of 16/17 May. Last year’s champions, the Golden Lions, will start their campaign in Potchefstroom against the Leopards XV, while Kenya’s first game is against the EP Kings.

Vodacom Cup 2014

North Section
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Golden Lions
Down Touch Griffons
GWK Griquas
Leopards XV
Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls
Steval Pumas
Valke

South Section
Regent Boland Cavaliers
Border Bulldogs
EP Kings
Toyota Free State XV
Kenya
Cell C Sharks XV
SWD Eagles
DHL Western Province

Fixtures (home teams named first, kick-off times and venues TBC):

Round 1 – 7/8 March
WP v Boland
Free State XV v SWD
Border v Sharks XV
Kenya v EP
Blue Bulls v Griquas
Valke v Pumas
Leopards XV v Golden Lions
Griffons v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Round 2 – 14/15 March
Boland v Free State XV
Sharks XV v WP
EP v Border
Kenya v SWD
Golden Lions v Valke
Pumas v Blue Bulls
Griquas v Griffons
Limpopo Blue Bulls v Leopards XV

Round 3 – 21/22 March
WP v EP
Free State XV v Sharks XV
SWD v Boland
Border v Kenya
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions
Valke v Leopards XV
Griquas v Limpopo Blue Bulls
Griffons v Pumas

Round 4 – 28/29 March
Sharks XV v SWD
EP v Free State XV
Border v WP
Kenya v Boland
Valke v Limpopo Blue Bulls
Leopards XV v Blue Bulls
Golden Lions v Griffons
Pumas v Griquas

Round 5 – 4/5 April
Free State XV v Border
SWD v EP
Boland v Sharks XV
WP v Kenya
Blue Bulls v Valke
Griquas v Golden Lions
Griffons v Leopards XV
Limpopo Blue Bulls v Pumas

Round 6 – 11/12 April
WP v Free State XV
EP v Boland
Border v SWD
Kenya v Sharks XV
Pumas v Leopards XV
Griquas v Valke
Griffons v Blue Bulls
Limpopo Blue Bulls v Golden Lions

Round 7 – 25/26 April
SWD v WP
Boland v Border
Sharks XV v EP
Free State XV v Kenya
Blue Bulls v Limpopo Blue Bulls
Valke v Griffons
Leopards XV v Griquas
Golden Lions v Pumas

Quarter-finals – 2/3 May
North 1 v South 4
South 1 v North 4
North 2 v South 3
South 2 v South 3

Semi-finals – 9/10 May
Winner QF1 v Winner QF 4
Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3

Final – 16/17 May
Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

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