Rugby: controversy in Africa over qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

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  • BBC Sport Africa, Nairobic

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Namibia have appeared in every Rugby World Cup since 1999 and are among the eight teams that qualified for the African tournament in July.

African rugby’s governing body, Rugby Afrique, is accused of ignoring the interests of the sport on the continent following a controversial decision to stage its 2023 World Cup qualifiers in France.

In July, eight African teams will compete for an automatic ticket to the final stage in a tournament in two French cities, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, to be hosted by France next September.

It will be the first time in African rugby history that a World Cup qualifier will be held outside the continent’s borders, and the move has been met with outrage in Africa.

One of the claimants, Namibia, spoke out against the decision, saying it was “unhappy” with the decision.

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