Kenya Simbas will not play three scheduled friendly matches in Nairobi as earlier planned before heading to Marseille, France for 2019 World Cup repechage matches against Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.
Kenya was set to play British Army on Wednesday October 17 followed by a clash with Africa champions Namibia on Sunday October 21 and South African outfit Loftus 2000 on October 28 but all matches have been called off.
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Kenya Rugby Union CEO Sylvia Kamau confirmed the same to Raga House giving reason for the botched three games but made it clear that the fourth friendly against Romania's 'A' side in early November in Bucharest is still on.
"British Army and Loftus 2000 said they could not raise teams and we thought the match against Namibia would be enough for build-up but they have also confirmed that game is off."
"We are however planning two or three matches out there before we head to repechage. We will play two against Romainia A and probably another one in France."
Namibia had been looking forward to the friendly toss with Kenya in Nairobi and had hinted at fielding a young squad.
Kenya kicks-off 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage tournament on Sunday November 11 against Canada in France. They were last in action on 18th August against Namibia.
The repechage tournament presents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup.
Namibia has named a 28-man squad for end of year tour to Europe where they will play Russia in Sochi on 10 November, Spain in Madrid on 17 November and Portugal in Lisbon on 24 November, and besides national pride, world ranking points will also be on the line.
Regarding the 28-man squad, which was selected by head coach Phil Davies, it said that the aim was to expose Namibia's young players to test match rugby along, while continuing to build depth and experience in key positions.
Summary of Kenya Simbas build up fixtures
Wed 17 Oct, 2018 vs British Army - RFUEA grounds
Sun 21 Oct, 2018 vs Loftus 200 - Blue Bulls
Sat 28 Oct, 2018 vs Namibia - RFUEA grounds
Sat 3 Nov, 2018 vs Romania, Bucharest
The Repechage fixtures (East African Time)
Sunday 11 November 2018
Hong Kong v Germany – 4.00pm
Canada v Kenya – 6.30pm
Saturday 17 November 2018
Hong Kong v Kenya – 4.00pm
Canada v Germany – 6.30pm
Friday 23 November 2018
Kenya v Germany – 8.00pm
Hong Kong v Canada – 10.30pm