Africa Cup

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Africa Cup
Current season or competition::
2016 Africa Cup
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2000
Governing body Rugby Africa
Holders  Namibia (2016)
Most titles  Namibia (6 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).


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 is created and in 2014, the division takes place in the form of a four-team championship.


The competition has several levels, with a system of promotion-relegation. The Africa Cup (level 1A), Division 1B and Division 1C.

Current divisions[edit]

There will be 23 nations playing in the 2016 Africa Cup. They are split into several divisions. The highest division is called Division 1A and the winner of this division will be crowned Africa Cup champions. The other divisions are Division 1B, Division 1C and Division 2 (Centre and West). The highest placed team in each division (except Division 1A) will be promoted and the last-placed team in each division will be relegated.


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
 Tunisia Windhoek
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
 Tunisia Tunis
2010 Not assigned *
2011  Kenya 16–07  Tunisia Nairobi
2012  Zimbabwe 22–18  Uganda Jemmal
2013  Kenya 29–17  Zimbabwe Antananarivo
2014  Namibia Round-robin  Zimbabwe Antananarivo
2015  Namibia Round-robin  Zimbabwe Windhoek
2016  Namibia Round-robin  Kenya Windhoek

Notes: ^* 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.


The overall record of the teams are as follows:

Team Champions Runners-up
 Namibia 6 (2002, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016) 2 (2003, 2006)
 South Africa Amateurs 3 (2000, 2001, 2006) 0
 Morocco 2 (2003, 2005) 3 (2000, 2001, 2004)
 Kenya 2 (2011, 2013) 1 (2016)
 Zimbabwe 1 (2012) 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
 Uganda 1 (2007) 1 (2012)
 Tunisia 0 3 (2002, 2009, 2011)
 Madagascar 0 2 (2005, 2007)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SA U23 away to Morocco for final". June 26, 2001. 

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