Zimbabwe wins Africa rugby championship

Zimbabwe have won the 2102 Africa Rugby Championship after beating Uganda’s Cranes 22 – 18 at the Jemmel Stadium in Tunisia over the weekend.

Apart from the prize money which has not been made public, Zimbabwe have retained their pole position in the Africa Group 1A which will help in their seeding in the 2015 World Cup qualifiers.

They will be in the same group Uganda and Kenya who beat hosts Tunisia 31-24 to remain the top grouping. Tunisia who also lost to Zimbabwe 14-30 have been relegated to the Africa Zone Group 1B.

Madagascar have been promoted to the top group. According to the latest rugby rankings released after the Africa championships, Zimbabwe are ranked third in Africa behind South Africa and Namibia.

The Springboks, because of their high standing international rugby do not play in the Africa Zone in the World Cup since they have automatic entry at the finals. So, Zimbabwe will have to contend with Namibia if they are going to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1991.

Namibia have represented Africa at the past editions of the World Cup but are still to win a game at the rugby festival.

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