2017 Rugby Africa season

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The 2017 Rugby Africa season contains a series of rugby union tournaments scheduled for 2017 and organised by the governing body of rugby union in Africa, Rugby Africa. The top-tier event is the Rugby Africa Gold Cup – formerly simply known as the Africa Cup – a six-team competition which was played on a round-robin basis from June to August 2017.

2017 Rugby Africa seasons
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2018 →
Location of teams in the 2017 Rugby Africa Gold, Silver and Bronze Cups
Gold pog.svg Gold Cup
Black pog.svg Silver Cup
Orange pog.svg Bronze Cup North
Brown pog.svg Bronze Cup South

CompetitionsEdit

As in previous Africa Cup seasons, all participating teams were divided into multiple tiers. For 2017, a restructuring and subsequent rebranding occurred as follows:[1]

In addition to the main fifteens tournaments, an Under-20 competition featuring eight teams was held in April and a rugby sevens tournament involving twelve teams was held in November. A women's rugby sevens tournament is also to be scheduled.

TeamsEdit

The following teams will take part in the 2017 Rugby Africa season.

Rankings are taken from the start of each division[3]

Gold Cup Silver Cup Bronze Cup
North South
Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank
  Kenya 2nd D1A 25   Botswana 5th D1B 64   Algeria N/A N/A   Mauritius 3rd D1C 89
  Namibia 1st D1A 21   Ivory Coast 4th D1B 53   Cameroon N/A 90   Rwanda 2nd D2 East 96
  Senegal 1st D1B 39   Madagascar 3rd D1B 45   Nigeria 2nd D1C 74   Zambia 6th D1B 83
  Tunisia 2nd D1B 49   Morocco 1st D1C 50
  Uganda 3rd D1A 45
  Zimbabwe 4th D1A 36
Regional Challenge
West 1 West 2 Centre South
Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank Team 2016 position WR Rank
  Benin 5th D2 West N/A   Burkina Faso 6th D2 West N/A   Burundi 4th D2 East N/A   Lesotho 3rd D2 East N/A
  Ghana 3rd D2 West N/A   Mali 1st D2 West N/A   DR Congo 1st D2 East N/A   Malawi N/A N/A
  Togo 2nd D2 West N/A   Niger 4th D2 West N/A   Gabon N/A N/A   Eswatini N/A 91

Gold CupEdit

2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
CountriesKenya
Namibia
Senegal
Tunisia
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Date24 June – 5 August 2017
← 2016
2018 →

The 2017 Gold Cup doubles as qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The last place team will be relegated to the 2018 Silver Cup and eliminated from World Cup qualification.[4]

StandingsEdit

The final standings[5] in the 2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup were:

2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Namibia 5 5 0 0 272 64 +208 5 25
2   Kenya 5 3 1 1 226 135 +91 4 18
3   Uganda 5 3 1 1 190 126 +64 2 16
4   Tunisia 5 2 0 3 91 272 −181 0 8
5   Zimbabwe 5 1 0 4 111 157 −46 2 6
6   Senegal 5 0 0 5 75 211 −136 1 1
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

The following matches were played in the 2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup:[1]

Round OneEdit

Bye/s: Namibia, Tunisia

Round TwoEdit

Bye/s: Kenya, Zimbabwe

Round ThreeEdit

Bye/s: Uganda, Zimbabwe

Round FourEdit

Round FiveEdit

Bye/s: Senegal, Tunisia

Round SixEdit

Bye/s: Senegal, Uganda

Round SevenEdit

Bye/s: Kenya, Namibia

Silver CupEdit

2017 Rugby Africa Silver Cup
CountriesBotswana
Ivory Coast
Madagascar
Morocco
Date5 – 8 July 2017
← 2016
2018 →

The 2017 Silver Cup doubles as qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Winner gets promoted to the 2018 Gold Cup, while all other teams will be eliminated from World Cup qualification.[4]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 July 2017
 
 
  Botswana25
 
8 July 2017
 
  Ivory Coast58
 
  Ivory Coast 3
 
5 July 2017
 
  Morocco 8
 
  Morocco57
 
 
  Madagascar33
 
Third place play-off
 
 
8 July 2017
 
 
  Botswana19
 
 
  Madagascar 47

MatchesEdit

Bronze CupEdit

2017 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup
CountriesGroup North:
Algeria
Cameroon (suspended)
Nigeria (withdrew)
Group South:
Mauritius
Rwanda
Zambia
Date23 April – 13 May 2017
← 2016
2018 →

Group NorthEdit

StandingsEdit

Cameroon were suspended and Nigeria withdrew. Algeria finished first.
The final standings in the 2017 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup Group North were:

2017 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup Group North
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2   Nigeria (withdrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

The Bronze Cup North fixtures were originally to be played in Yaoundé in May 2017, with Cameroon also present, but had been postponed through lack of organization that Rugby Africa disqualified Cameroon and suspended the activity of the country's federation for three months.[6] The matches will now be a home-and-home series between Algeria and Nigeria, with dates to be determined.

Nigeria also withdrew, so Algeria face Zambia in a one off fixture on 4 November.

Group SouthEdit

StandingsEdit

The final standings in the 2017 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup Group South were:

2017 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup Group South
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Zambia 2 2 0 0 161 6 +155 2 10
2   Rwanda 2 1 0 1 27 104 −77 1 5
3   Mauritius 2 0 0 2 15 93 −78 0 0
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

All matches were held at Lusaka Rugby Club Show Grounds, Lusaka, Zambia.

Final Winner North vs Winner SouthEdit

Match at Mufulira, Zambia.

Regional ChallengeEdit

2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge
CountriesGroup West 1:
Benin
Ghana
Togo
Group West 2:
Burkina Faso
Mali
Niger
Group Centre:
Burundi
Democratic Republic of Congo
Gabon
Group South:
Lesotho
Malawi
Swaziland
Date30 April – 22 October 2017
← 2016
2018 →
Location of teams in the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge
  Group West 1
  Group West 2
  Group Centre
  Group South

Group West 1Edit

StandingsEdit

The final standings in the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group West 1 were:

2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group West 1
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   Ghana 2 2 0 0 56 5 +51 9
2   Benin 2 1 0 1 19 58 −39 4
3   Togo 2 0 0 2 12 24 −12 1
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

All matches will be held at Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana.[7]

Group West 2Edit

StandingsEdit

The final standings in the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group West 2 were:

2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group West 2
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   Burkina Faso 2 1 1 0 24 18 +6 6
3   Mali 2 1 0 1 26 19 +7 5
2   Niger 2 0 1 1 15 28 −13 2
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

Group CentreEdit

Gabon was originally intended to participate, but has withdrawn.[8] The match between Burundi and DR Congo was to be played on 7 October in Bujumbura, Burundi, but with DR Congo not showing up for the match, they are declared forfeit and face the possibility of suspension.[9]

Group SouthEdit

StandingsEdit

The final standings in the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group South were:

2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group South
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   Lesotho 2 2 0 0 127 8 119 10
2   Eswatini 2 1 0 1 30 71 −41 5
3   Malawi 2 0 0 2 14 92 −78 0
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

The fixtures for the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge Group South will be played from 15–21 October in Mafeteng, Lesotho.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Schedule of the competitions 2017" (Press release). Rugby Africa. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Rwanda welcomed as full member union of World Rugby" (Press release). World Rugby. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru#!
  4. ^ a b "The road to RWC 2019 – the global qualifying process". Rugby World Cup. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ Rugby union bonus points system
  6. ^ "Pas de Coupe d'Afrique pour un rugby camerounais en crise". rfi.fr (in French). 25 May 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.rugbyafrique.com/africa-rugby-announces-ghana-international-tournament-detail/
  8. ^ "Rugby: Le Gabon se désiste" (in French). L'Union. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Rugby, Ayant loupé la CAN à Bujumbura au Burundi: La RDC s'attend à une lourde amande et à une suspension de 3 ans" (in French). L'Avenir. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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