Tentative fixtures for 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage tournament set for November in Marseille, France are out with World Rugby set to confirm.
Rugby-verband.de reports that Kenya Simbas will kick-off the repechage against Canada on Sunday November 11 at the Stade Delort of Marseille from 6.30pm. That game will be preceded by the clash between Hong Kong and Germany at 4pm.
Six days later, Kenya will play Hong Kong at 4pm Kenyan time -the early kick-off before Canada plays Germany at 6.30pm.
Kenya will round off the repechage tournament on Friday November 23 against Germany at 8pm. The last match of the tournament will be between Hong Kong and Canada at 10.30pm.
Kenya, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany will compete in the round-robin format event to be played across three match days with the winner qualifying for the 2019 World Cup and enter pool B that has New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.
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As a result, Hong Kong is currently top of the world ranking list, followed by Canada (23rd), Kenya (28th) and 29th placed Germany. This results in the following schedule for the tournament for the last World Cup starting place in the Stade Delort of Marseille (FRA).
The world association World Rugby, although not officially communicated, announced details of the repechage tournament - for example, the seedlist and the exact schedule.
The repechage tournament is a new concept for Rugby World Cup qualification and represents 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.
Hong Kong confirmed their place in the repechage with a convincing 77-3 aggregate victory over the Cook Islands to join Canada, who were confirmed in the repechage in February following their defeat to Uruguay in the Americas 2 play-off over two legs.
Germany came through after losing a playoff to Samoa while Kenya lost to Africa winner Namibia.
Sunday, November 11
16:00 Hong Kong - Germany
18:30 Canada - Kenya
Saturday, November 17
16:00 Hong Kong - Kenya
18:30 Canada - Germany
Friday, November 23,
20:00 Kenya - Germany
22:30 Hong Kong - Canada