Kenya, Zimbabwe and Georgia will take part in South Africa’s domestic Currie Cup tournament from April, offering an opportunity for a more regular competition ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup.
The three countries are in contention for a place at next year’s tournament in France and have been added to the participants in the second tier of the competition between April and June
Kenya and Zimbabwe are both playing in the last phase of African World Cup qualifiers in July. Georgia could have their qualification wrapped up next month as they look to top the Rugby Europe Championship for a second successive year.
Kenya are in search of their first ever look in the World Cup, having narrowly missed out on a spot in Japan in 2019. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will goal to qualify for a 3rd time, having been current on the first two editions of the event in 1987 and 1991.
Should both nations qualify for the World Cup, they are going to be in Pool A alongside hosts France, three-time winners New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay. The runners-up on the African qualifier in July may have one other probability to attain the World Cup by way of a closing four-team event in November.