Kenya's World Cup qualifying hopes have been given a boost by the news that the South African Rugby Union would consider an application to have a Kenyan team turn out in the Vodacom Cup.
The Vodacom Cup forms part of South Africa's second-tier domestic structure and takes place during the Super Rugby season. In previous years, Namibia and Argentinean outfit Pampas XV have been included in the competition and Kenya are interested in the possibility of doing the same.
Kenya recently triumphed in the CAR Division 1A tournament in Madagascar to retain their status in the top tier of African rugby. On the team's return home, Kenya Rugby Union chairman Mwangi Muthee spoke of the need for the Lions to play more competitive matches as they prepare to defend their title next year, with the 2014 edition set to double as a qualifying event for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
While an official application to play in the Vodacom Cup has not been made to the South African Rugby Union, it is believed that one will be tabled in the near future.
It is too early to tell whether the application will be successful, but SARU have not immediately looked to pour cold water on the matter, with a spokesman saying "it would be considered when made", when asked for comment by SARugby.com.
Kenya's recent exploits have seen them rise to 31st in the International Rugby Board rankings and are now the third-highest ranked African team behind South Africa and Namibia.