The Simbas opponents in Saturday’s Elgon Cup/Rugby Africa encounter, Uganda, will arrive in the country on Thursday in readiness for the fixture.
It will be recalled that the last time these two teams met was on 4 June 2016 at the Legends Rugby Club in Kampala, the Kenya Simbas running off with the 48-10 win on the day.
In related news, the Simbas match day 23 will be announced on Thursday morning by the team’s technical bench
Changes In Elgon Cup Curtain Raisers
Changes have been made to the curtain raising fixtures for Saturday’s Elgon Cup action at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.
The clash between Nairobi School and Lenana will not take place as previously advertised. Instead, Alliance and Ofafa Jericho will face off at 12.00pm.
Kenya U19 will then play Northern Suburbs Cubs at 1.30pm. This fixture has been occasioned by Uganda’s withdrawal of their U19 side from Saturday’s fixture.
The top drawer clash between Kenya and Uganda which also doubles up as a Rugby Africa Division 1A encounter remains at 3.30pm on the day.
van Heerden Takes Charge Of Elgon Cup Clash
South African Jaco van Heerden will be the man in charge of the Elgon Cup return leg clash between Kenya and Uganda in Nairobi on Saturday 30 July 2016.
The 33 year old law graduate from the University of Pretoria is a member of the South African Referees Elite Panel and has previously officiated fixtures in the Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup and Super Rugby.
His assistants on the on the day will be Jerome Alabu from Botswana and Jacky Husselnmann from Namibia.
This tie also doubles up as a Rugby Africa Division 1A fixture.
Kenya v Uganda Factfile
There have been a total of 26 meetings between Kenya and Uganda, Kenya winning the first ever meeting between the sides, posting a 21-11 score in Kampala on 24 May 1958.
It would be 39 years before the two sides met again, Kenya picking up from that win in Kampala with a 65-8 demolition job of the Rugby Cranes at the RFUEA Ground on 23 August 1997. They would post three more wins before Uganda notched up their first ever win against Kenya, posting a 31-22 result over the Simbas in Nairobi on 5 October 2002.
In totality, the Simbas lead the head to head record with 17 wins and 8 losses.
When the two sides step out on to the RFUEA turf on Saturday, it will not only be regional bragging rights in the form of the Elgon Cup in store but also African rugby rankings at store as the match doubles up as a Rugby Africa Division 1A encounter/
Previous meetings between Kenya & Uganda
4 June 2016, Kampala, Uganda 10 Kenya 48
10 July 2013, Antananaravivo, Uganda 11 Kenya 51
22 Jun 2013, Kampala, Uganda 13 Kenya 19
15 Jun 2013, Nairobi, Kenya 16 Uganda 17
10 Jul 2012, Tunis, Kenya 19 Uganda 20
28 April 2012, Nairobi, Kenya 12 Uganda 0
21 April 2012, Kampala, Uganda 19 Kenya 5
16 July 2011, Kampala, Uganda 32 Kenya 18
9 July 2011, Nairobi, Kenya 27 Uganda 10
10 July 2010,Nairobi, Kenya 21 Uganda 5
3 July 2010, Kampala, Kenya 25 Uganda 33
29 August 2009, Kampala, Uganda 18 Kenya 13
15 August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya 30 Uganda 22
16 August 2008, Nairobi, Kenya 39 Uganda 20
24 May 2008, Kampala, Uganda 20 Kenya 3
26 May 2007, Kampala, Uganda 29 Kenya 10
12 August 2006, Nairobi, Kenya 20 Uganda 22
25 Jun 2005, Kampala, Uganda 5 Kenya 8
31 July 2004, Nairobi, Kenya 18 Uganda 8
14 June 2003, Kampala, Uganda 21 Kenya 22
5 October 2002, Kampala, Kenya 22 Uganda 31
21 July 2002, Kampala, Uganda 8 Kenya 12
29 Sep 2001, Nairobi, Kenya 44 Uganda 17
28 July 2001, Nairobi, Kenya 12 Uganda 9
23 August 1997, Nairobi, Kenya 65 Uganda 8
24 May 1958, Kampala, Uganda 11 Kenya 21