Africa Cup

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Africa Cup
Current season or competition:
2018 Rugby Africa season
The Rugby Africa Gold Cup.jpg
The Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2000
Governing body Rugby Africa
Holders  Namibia (2017)
Most titles  Namibia (7 titles)

The Africa Cup is an annual rugby union tournament involving African nations, organised by Rugby Africa. The tournament was first held in 2000,[1] and has since been contested on an annual basis. Prior to being renamed the Africa Cup in 2006, the tournament was known as the CAR Top 9 and CAR Top 10.

Due to its too high level, South Africa is the best African nation. It did compete five times and won the competition three times. The Springboks aligned on these occasions were the under 23 or amateur players (in 2005, 2006 and 2007).

History[edit]

The African Cup of Rugby Union took place for the first time in 2000, with five teams taking part in the event, Morocco, Tunisia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the hopes South Africa, the winner of the competition. In 2004, a second division called CAR Development Trophy and named now African Development Trophy, actually, it's reserved to U19 national teams. In 2006, the Africa Cup was coupled with the Rugby World Cup qualification, the winner qualified to the Rugby World Cup. In 2011, a Division 1A was created and in 2014, the division took place as a four-team championship.

Format[edit]

The competition has several levels on past, with a system of promotion-relegation. The Africa Cup (level 1A), Division 1B and Division 1C.
Currently, levels were replaced with a same system of promotion-relegation by The Africa Gold Cup, Silver Cup, Bronze Cup and Regional Challenge.

Current divisions[edit]

As in previous Africa Cup seasons, all participating teams were divided into multiple tiers. For 2018, the tiers are as follows:[2]

  • Gold Cup: the tier 1 event. Five teams from 2017's Gold CupKenya, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe – were joined by the Silver Cup winner, Morocco. This competition will be played on a round-robin basis from 16 June to 18 August 2018.
  • Silver Cup: the tier 2 event. The remaining three teams from the Silver CupBotswana, Ivory Coast and Madagascar – will be joined by three other teams and split in two divisions. 2017 Finalist Ivory Coast will compete in the North Division with relegated Gold cup team Senegal and Bronze Cup champion Algeria, while Botswana and Madagascar form the South Division with Bronze Cup finalist Zambia. The two divisions will play a round robin tournament from 8 July to 14 July, with the final being played on 25 August.
  • Bronze Cup: the tier 3 event. The Bronze Cup consists of four teams. 2017 Bronze Cup teams Mauritius and Rwanda are joined by Regional Challenge winner Lesotho and new World Rugby full member Ghana. They will compete in a playoff in Accra from 9 May to 12 May.
  • Regional Challenge: the lowest tier of African rugby. For 2018, up to twenty teams will compete in two sub-regional sevens tournaments in September for a chance to compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2019.

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.

The following teams will take part in the 2018 Rugby Africa season.
Rankings are taken from the start of each division[3]

Gold Cup Silver Cup Bronze Cup
North South
 Kenya  Algeria  Botswana  Ghana
 Morocco  Ivory Coast  Madagascar  Lesotho
 Namibia  Senegal  Zambia  Mauritius
 Tunisia  Rwanda
 Uganda
 Zimbabwe
Regional Challenge
15 Sept 29 Sept
 Algeria  Burundi
 Benin  Cameroon
 Burkina Faso  Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Ivory Coast  Congo
 Guinea  Gabon
 Mali  Central African Republic
 Niger  Lesotho
 Nigeria  Malawi
 Sierra Leone  Rwanda
 Togo  Swaziland

Summary[edit]

Below is a list of previous tournaments and final results:

Year Winner Score Runner-up Match venue
2000  South Africa Amateurs 44–14  Morocco Casablanca
2001  South Africa Amateurs 36–20  Morocco Casablanca
2002  Namibia 26–19
17–24
 Tunisia Windhoek
Tunis
2003  Morocco 27–07  Namibia Casablanca
2004  Namibia 39–22  Morocco Windhoek
2005  Morocco 43–06  Madagascar Paris
2006  South Africa Amateurs 29–27  Namibia Windhoek
2007  Uganda 42–11  Madagascar Antananarivo
2008–09  Namibia 18–13
22–10
 Tunisia Tunis
Windhoek
2010 Not assigned *
2011  Kenya 16–07  Tunisia Nairobi
2012  Zimbabwe 22–18  Uganda Jemmal
2013  Kenya 29–17  Zimbabwe Antananarivo
2014  Namibia n/a  Zimbabwe Antananarivo
2015  Namibia n/a  Zimbabwe Windhoek
2016  Namibia n/a  Kenya Windhoek
2017  Namibia n/a  Kenya Nairobi
2018 n/a
^n/a A round-robin tournament determined the final standings.
^* In the 2010 Africa Cup no outright winner was declared. Morocco beat Tunisia 29-6 in the final of the north section, whilst Kenya won the 2010 Victoria Cup in the south.

Overall[edit]

The overall record of the teams are as follows:

Team Champions Runners-up
 Namibia 7 (2002, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) 2 (2003, 2006)
 South Africa Amateurs 3 (2000, 2001, 2006) 0
 Morocco 2 (2003, 2005) 3 (2000, 2001, 2004)
 Kenya 2 (2011, 2013) 2 (2016, 2017)
 Zimbabwe 1 (2012) 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
 Uganda 1 (2007) 1 (2012)
 Tunisia 0 3 (2002, 2009, 2011)
 Madagascar 0 2 (2005, 2007)

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy[edit]

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup is the perpetual trophy awarded to the winner of the Africa Gold Cup, a qualifier for the Ruby World Cup organised by World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa, since 2000.

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup is the perpetual trophy awarded to the winner of the Africa Cup (Africa Gold Cup), an annual rugby union tournament involving Africa's top six national 15-man teams (excluding South Africa), organised by World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa, since 2000.

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy – a Rugby World Cup qualifier – has been officially unveiled during the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Brussels on May 8, 2018, in the presence of Abdelaziz Bougja, President of Rugby Africa, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder of APO Group and main official partner of Rugby Africa [4], Gianni Merlo, President of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS [Italian][5], and Mitchell Obi, President of AIPS Africa.

It will be presented to the winner of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for the first time in August 2018.

Prior to this date, each winner of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup received a trophy cup.

Handmade by Swatkins, Great Britain’s leading Trophy, Award and Silverware manufacturer since 1898, the Rugby Africa Gold Cup is a Gold Plated Perpetual Trophy Cup. Standing at a height of 47 centimeters (18.5 inches) and weighing 3.3 kilograms, it features a smooth Georgian bodied design, complete with patterned handles, a stepped lid that is supplied complete with a circular solid African Mahogany base. The Trophy has been engraved with the text ‘Rugby Africa Gold Cup’ and has the shape of Africa in pride of place on the main body. To complete, on the gold plated plinth band this holds the names of the winners. It's estimated there is enough space for – at least – ninety (90) winning teams' names to be engraved on the base of the perpetual trophy.

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup flight case has been especially designed by Great Britain’s leading flight case manufacturer, Flightcase Warehouse. The fully custom Spider Flight Cases is a strong and lightweight 7mm Astroboard flight case construction, complete with Steel corners and aluminum extrusions, filled with internal padding foam, with a cut to shape outline of the Trophy. There is a personalized aluminum plate on the Trophy Flight case with engraving “Rugby Africa Gold Cup”.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA U23 away to Morocco for final". news24.com. June 26, 2001.
  2. ^ "Rugby Africa unveils the 2018 Competition Schedule:32 African countries, 10 competitions, more than 100 matches" (Press release). Rugby Africa. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru#!
  4. ^ "APO partners with Rugby Africa". Bizcommunity (South Africa). Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ "AIPS Media - Executive Committee". Retrieved 15 September 2012.

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