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Uganda, Zimbabwe pull out of the Victoria Rugby Cup


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Zimbabwe were due to play Uganda last weekend and then face Kenya
this weekend but did not show up.Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman
Mwangi Muthee felt irked with the withdrawal of the two countries. He
has demanded an explanation from the two countries
. “I have written a letter to the Zimbabwe Rugby Union chairman and
his counterpart in Uganda and copied the Confederation of African
Rugby (CAR), seeking reasons why they pulled out of this year’s
event,” he said.

Muthee said International fixtures are planned well in advance, adding
that the timing of the withdrawal is suspect. “We all knew the
tournament was going to be played in July and we needed to plan our
local calendar to fit in the Victoria Cup. It’s very disappointing for
the two teams to have pulled out,” he added.
Sources indicated that Zimbabwe and Uganda had pulled out, owing to
financial constraints after participating in the Confederation of
Africa Rugby (CAF) tournament in Tunisia recently. Muthee added that
the Victoria Cup was key as it gives the three countries more games to
play in the year.

Kenya won the 2010 edition, beating both Uganda and Zimbabwe home and
away before relinquishing the title to Zimbabwe last year.

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