Kenya to host 2020 Under-20 Barthés Trophy
Rugby Africa this week announced the successful bid of Kenya Rugby to host the U20 Barthés Trophy, sponsored by Société Générale, for three consecutive years.
Pool A teams will include; Kenya, Madagascar, Tunisia and Zambia, while Pool B consists of Namibia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Côte d’Ivoire.
The 2020 edition of the U20 Barthés Trophy will be held on April 19, 22 and 26 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said the Union and the entire Kenyan people are thrilled by the excellent news from Rugby Africa awarding Kenya the Barthes U20 Trophy hosting rights for the next three years.
“It is indeed a great honour to all of us. Special mention to our Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage under the astute leadership of Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed who have supported our bid. We will work closely with Rugby Africa, the government, commercial sponsors, media and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the events,” Gangla added.
Guédel N’Diaye, President of the Competition Commission at Rugby Africa and President of the Senegal Rugby Federation, noted the U20 Barthés Trophy marks the first tournament in the Rugby Africa calendar this year.
The Barthés Trophy is the only junior tournament in Africa and 8 national U20 teams compete for the title. Participating teams in 2020 (in order of the current ranking): Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia.