Kenya make Vodacom Cup bid
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee has revealed he is in the process of trying to get a Kenyan team into the Vodacom Cup.
The Kenyan fifteen-man side has for the most part lived in the shadow of their compatriots who take part in the Sevens World Series with great success. However, the Lions had reason to cheer on Sunday when they claimed the Confederation of African Rugby's Division 1A title in Madagascar by beating Zimbabwe 29-17.
In addition to the silverware, by finishing as one of the top three teams at the tournament, Kenya sealed their spot in the four-team CAR top division and as a result have a chance to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
With World Cup qualification a firm goal, Muthee knows that the team need to be playing competitive matches on a more regular basis and as such is hoping to arrange for the team to play in the the Vodacom Cup, South Africa's second-tier domestic tournament which takes place during the Super Rugby season.
"The team goes into a two week break before resuming training ahead of upcoming assignments. We have big plans for this team, including lobbying to ensure that the team plays in the Vodacom Cup very soon," he said at a function to celebrate the team's arrival back in Kenya.
"Argentina and Namibia have previously played in this competition and look at what it has done for them in terms of performance. It is a stepping stone for greatness.
"We want to build a world beating Kenya fifteens squad. This is an accomplished side and we at the KRU will stop at nothing in ensuring that this squad qualifies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup," he added.