World Rugby Women’s Rankings preview

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World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier between Kenya and Colombia on Wednesday. 

Permutation highlights:

  • Kenya cannot improve on 25th position with victory as they will still trail Trinidad and Tobago by at least 2.12 rating points
  • The Lionesses will fall either three or five places in defeat, depending on the margin
  • Colombia will be the higher ranked of the two nations if they win, climbing four to a new high of 26th
  • If Colombia win by more than 15 points the sides will simply swap places with Las Tucanes taking over 25th spot and Kenya falling to 30th


Match officials:

  • The match will be refereed by Precious Pazani (Zimbabwe)

Team news highlights:

  • Kenya have made three personnel and one positional change from the side beaten 29-22 by South Africa on 16 August, two of the changes necessitated by injury with Sheila Chajira and Camila Atieno ruled out
  • There are seven Tokyo 2020 Olympians in Kenya’s starting line-up with an eighth on the bench
  • Colombia’s starting line-up shows only one change from their last test match in March 2020 with Camila Lopera at fly-half
  • Ten members of Colombia’s match-day squad played in the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco in June, including Leidy Soto who was named one of the Unstoppables in World Rugby’s ‘Try and Stop Us’ campaign in May 2019

Courtesy of World Rugby