Kenya want games ahead of repechage playoffs, says Ian Snook

Kenya head coach Ian Snook has called for many tough buildup games to prepare his team for the 2019Rugby World Cup repechage tournament.

The tournament, to be played in a round-robin format, will feature Kenya, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany and takes place from 11-23 November at the Stade Delort in Marseille, France.

"We need buildup games ahead of repechage. It will be very important because we have over two months to prepare and our opponents will also be preparing seriously," Snook said on Monday an online media interview.

"Losing to Namibia has given us a big test and a true wake-up call because we need to go back to the drawing board and try to fill the gaps well ahead of the repechage in France. I know the France competition will be tight, but I am optimistic we can perform well if the preparations are good.

"We shall go to France full of energy. But three tough games in that short period will be tough," added Snook.

David Chenge, the Kenya Simbas captain, said although they did not want to go through the repechage, they must plan well for the tournament.

"We are going to work on the defence, set plays and combinations.

"We shall make sure we analyse different games of the three other teams we are going to play in the repechage so that we exploit their weak points," said Chenge.

The repechage winner will slot into Pool B at RWC 2019 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.

World Rugby introduced the new tournament for RWC qualification as a last opportunity for a team to qualify. Four nations will fight it out to secure the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup.

Other teams that have already qualified include Fiji, Wales, Argentina, France, Japan, Russia, Tonga, Australia, Georgia, Samoa, Uruguay, England, Ireland, Scotland and USA.