Hosts South Africa, plan to showcase their domestic talent when they hold the 2020 Middle East Africa Championship against established nation Lebanon, defending champions Nigeria and 2019 runners up Morocco later in the year.
The draw has been made for the men’s 2020 MEA Championship, with current holders Nigeria facing Lebanon for the first time. Likewise, hosts South Africa have an inaugural encounter with last year’s runners-up Morocco in the double-header semi finals on 13th October.
Lebanon will return, alongside 2019 holders Nigeria, runners-up Morocco and hosts South Africa, to compete in this year’s Middle East Africa Championship, which will be held in Pretoria in the autumn.
Photo: MEA Regioanl Director Remond Safi (left) congratulates JC Struss from South Africa
South Africa have won the bid to host the men’s 2020 Middle East and Africa Championship, which will take place in Pretoria next October.
After defeat to the Cook Islands in their 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifier at the weekend, South Africa has confirmed that their next step in rebuilding their international presence is to compete in the 2020 MEA Championships.
In the lead up to the second Middle East and Africa Championship, to be held in Nigeria for the first time from 2-5th October 2019, bids have been received to host the 2020 tournament from four nations.
The South African Rhinos have named their squad for the upcoming international against Italy.
This October in Sydney, South Africa and Italy will meet again for a rugby league test match. The game will be played at Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park on Friday October 12th 2018. Kick off is scheduled for 7.30pm.
South Africa will be looking to build towards their 2019 RLWC qualifiers when a heritage based squad mixed in with players from the local South African competition take on Malta in Western Sydney this Sunday.