Germany vs Kenya Preview

Germany vs Kenya Preview

Germany and Kenya will face each other in the final World Rugby repechage match in Marseille, France this Friday at Noon ET. Neither team can win the repechage, but Germany can still finish second should Hong Kong lose against Canada.

Germany has made six changes in the starters with Jörn Schröder and Matthias Schösser the props and Ayron Schramm gaining his first start at No. 8. In the backs, the wings have been swapped with Marcel Coetzee and Steffen Liebig starting and Hagen Schulte gaining the start at inside center.

Kenya has made five changes to their starters with Philip Ikambili at hooker in place of injured Colman Were and George Nyambua at flanker. Samson Onsomu is the scrumhalf, Peter Kilonzo gets his first start at outside center in place of Collins Injera, and Darwin Mukidza returns to a starting role at wing.

Germany will be favored to beat Kenya, but can’t allow Kenya to gain any early momentum. Both teams are playing for pride, as well as for world rankings.

Squads

Germany: 1 Jörn Schröder, 2 Kurt Haupt, 3 Matthias Schösser, 4 Michael Poppmeier (capt.), 5 Eric Marks, 6 Sebastian Ferreira, 7 Jaco Otto, 8 Ayron Schramm, 9 Sean Armstrong, 10 Raynor Parkinson, 11 Marcel Coetzee, 12 Hagen Schulte, 13 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 14 Steffen Liebig, 15 Christopher Hilsenbeck 16 Dasch Barber, 17 Julius Nostadt, 18 Samy Füchsel, 19 Timo Vollenkemper, 20 Jarrid Els, 21 Tim Menzel, 22 Marcel Henn, 23 Harris Aounallah

Kenya: 1 Patrick Ouko, 2 Philip Ikambili, 3 Joseph Odero, 4 Wilson Kopondo (capt.), 5 Malcolm Onsando, 6 George Nyambua, 7 Elkeans Musonye, 8 Josh Chisanga, 9 Samson Onsomu, 10 Samuel Oliech, 11 Willy Ambaka, 12 Leo Seje, 13 Peter Kilonzo, 14 Darwin Mukidza, 15 Tony Onyango 16 Ephraim Oduor, 17 Moses Amusala, 18 Oliver Mang’eni, 19 Andrew Amonde, 20 Martin Owilah, 21 Felix Ayange, 22 Collins Injera, 23 William Reeve

2019 Repechage Matches

November 11 (Sunday)

November 17 (Saturday)

November 23 (Friday)

  • Kenya vs Germany 18:00 local (12:00 p.m. ET) Preview
  • Hong Kong vs Canada 21:00 local (15:00 ET) Preview

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