The Kenya Rugby Men’s team is set to show off its ambition in the XV-a-side game after being confirmed as the opponents in November’s Champions Match. Kenya will compete against the Carling Champion Team consisting of players selected by fans from any of the seven Carling Currie Cup Premier Division teams.

The match is a joint initiative between Carling Black Label, sponsor of the Currie Cup, and SA Rugby. The two have partnered with the intention of recognizing and rewarding the champion voices of rugby fans who will play selector for the match.

Kenya has officially accepted the invitation for the showdown at Loftus Versfield on 6th November, 2021.

Meanwhile Arné Rust, Carling Black Label Brand Director said votes were streaming in from fans to name the SA team with more than 400,000 being received to date.

As the match falls in the international window and a break in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, players from the four teams competing in the tournament are also available for selection.

Fans have been advised that the next major announcement would see the unveiling of the Champion Team coaching and management line-up.

“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) is greatly honoured by the invitation by SARU to participate in the Carling Champions Cup in Pretoria. This will be an excellent opportunity for the Simbas to play against top-notch professional opponents even as we prepare for the international test matches coming up. The experience of such matches is truly priceless as we prepare for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers next year. We are very grateful to Carling and SARU for granting us this unique invitation and look forward to an exciting start to our international window matches,” said Oduor Gangla, Chairman of the KRU.