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The 2014 Africa Cup was the fourteenth edition of the Africa Cup, an annual international rugby union tournament for African nations organised by the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR).[1] The tournament, as well as the 2012 and 2013 editions of it, served as the qualifiers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Changes from last seasonEdit

Changes from the 2013 Africa Cup:

  • Division 2 North was held as a Rugby Sevens tournament, while Division 2 South was played as a 15-a-side tournament.
  • Division 3 is no longer on the programme. It was scheduled for 2013 however, due to economic and political instability, no games were played
  •   Namibia was promoted to Division 1A
  •   Uganda was relegated to Division 1B
  •   Ivory Coast was promoted to Division 1B
  •   Botswana was relegated to Division 1C
  •   Eswatini was added to Division 1C despite not competing last year, replacing   Niger, who will instead play in Division 2 North
  •   DR Congo was scheduled to play in Division 3 Central in 2013, but was unable to. They will compete in the new Division 2 South tournament.
  • The following teams competed in XV last year, but will only compete in VII in 2014:   Burkina Faso,   Mali,   Ghana,   Togo,   Benin,   Niger

Division 1AEdit

Division 1A was held between 26 June and 6 July 2014, at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The winner qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup as Africa 1, and the runner up qualified for the repechage. The competing teams were:

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Namibia (22) 3 2 0 1 135 59 +76 10
2   Zimbabwe (30) 3 2 0 1 105 56 +49 10
3   Kenya (33) 3 2 0 1 73 50 +23 10
4   Madagascar (35) 3 0 0 3 32 180 –148 0

Numbers in parentheses are pre-tournament IRB rankings

Match Schedule[2]







Division 1BEdit

Division 1B was held between 9 and 14 June 2014, in Tunis, Tunisia. The competing teams were:

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
10 June 2014
 
 
  Uganda19
 
14 June 2014
 
  Ivory Coast21
 
  Ivory Coast6
 
10 June 2014
 
  Tunisia26
 
  Tunisia22
 
 
  Senegal14
 
Third place
 
 
14 June 2014
 
 
  Uganda31
 
 
  Senegal32

Semi-finals

3rd Place Playoff

Final

Division 1CEdit

Division 1C was held between 14 and 21 June 2014, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Morocco were initially supposed to play in Division 1C, but withdrew; they were replaced by South African club side, the 2014 SARU Community Cup champions Rustenburg Impala.[3]

The competing teams were:

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Rustenburg Impala 3 3 0 0 201 36 +165 15
2   Mauritius 3 2 0 1 218 78 +140 10
3   Botswana 3 2 0 1 161 68 +93 10
4   Nigeria 3 1 0 2 91 126 −35 5
5   Zambia 3 1 0 2 61 153 −92 5
6   Eswatini 3 0 0 3 10 281 −271 0

Match Schedule[4]










Division 2Edit

Like in 2013, Division 2 is divided into North and South Groups. The North tournament was conducted under 7-a-side laws (similar to the 2012 tournament), while the South tournament was conducted under 15-a-side laws.

NorthEdit

The North Group tournament was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 17 and 18 May 2014. The competing teams were:

Place Nation[5] Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Togo 5 4 0 1 67 57 +10 13
2   Burkina Faso 5 4 0 1 90 31 +59 13
3   Ghana 5 3 1 1 100 37 +63 12
4   Niger 5 2 0 3 57 55 +2 9
5   Mali 5 1 1 3 50 51 -1 8
6   Benin 3 0 0 5 12 145 -133 5

Match Schedule

Preliminary GamesEdit
















5th Place PlayoffEdit



Semi-FinalsEdit



3rd Place PlayoffEdit


FinalEdit


SouthEdit

The South Group tournament was held in Kigali, Rwanda in between 3–7 June 2014. The competing teams were:

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Rwanda 2 1 0 1 20 15 +5 1 5
2   DR Congo 2 1 0 1 9 5 +4 0 4
3   Burundi 2 1 0 1 6 15 -9 0 4

Only 11 Democratic Republic of the Congo players arrived for their match against Burundi. A match was played, with DRC winning 20-7.[6] However, Burundi were awarded the match on forfeit, due to DRC only having 11 eligible players available.[7]



See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CAR 2013 COMPETITIONS" (PDF). Confederation of African Rugby. Retrieved 2013-10-18.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Regional round-up: Africa & Caribbean champs". IRB. 2014-06-05. Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  3. ^ "Cell C Community Cup champions in Africa Cup". South African Rugby Union. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Regional round-up: Africa & Caribbean champs". IRB. 2014-06-05. Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  5. ^ "ÉQUIPES PARTICIPANTES" (PDF). Confederation Africaine Rugby. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  6. ^ "Africa Cup 2 South". CAR. 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Rwanda: Silverbacks Qualify for Car Division 3". All Africa. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10.