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Namibia beat Kenya to qualify for World Cup 2019


Namibia qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after thrashing Kenya 53-28 in their Africa Gold Cup match in Windhoek on Saturday.

The Namibians won all five of their qualifying matches and reached the World Cup in Japan as Africa winners.

They will join African counterparts the Springboks in Pool B, which also features the All Blacks, Italy and a yet to be determined repechage winner.

Kenya, who finished second in the Africa Gold Cup, will now enter the repechage tournament where they will slug it out with Canada, Germany and Hong Kong for the final spot in Japan.

Zimbabwe, who are coached by former Springbok mentor Peter de Villiers, finished their qualifying campaign on a high note with a 38-18 win over Uganda in Kampala on Saturday.

It was however not enough for them to qualify for the World Cup as they finished fourth in the Africa Gold Cup.

2019 Rugby World Cup draw:

Pool A

Ireland, Scotland, Japan (hosts), Russia, Samoa

Pool B

New Zealand (holders), South Africa, Italy, Namibia, repechage winners

Pool C

England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga

Pool D

Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay

Source: Sport24

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