Namibia

Published on: August 20, 2015

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World Ranking: 20

Odds of Winning: 5000/1

Road to Qualification: Won African preliminaries on points difference edging out Kenya overall in a fantastic campaign.

Recent Results:

Namibia 46 – 13 Kenya

Namibia 14 – 35 French Barbarians

World Cup Pool Games:

Date Time Team v Team Stadium
Thursday, 24 September 15 20:00 Namibia v New Zealand Olympic Stadium
Wednesday, 29 September 15 16:45 Namibia v Tonga Sandy Park
(Exeter)
Thursday, 7 October 15 20:00 Namibia v Georgia Sandy Park
(Exeter)
Sunday, 11 October 15 12:00 Namibia v Argentina Leicester City
Stadium

Strengths:

  • Unknown Quantity – Expect the unexpected from this part amateur side
  • Individual Stars 
  • Work Rate – 
  • Have never lost to New Zealand so must be relishing sharing Pool C with them

Weaknesses:

  • Lack Professionals
  • Reliant on key players
  • Coaching Staff have had a recent unexpected change at the top

Key Players:

  • Jacques Burger – A hard hitting monster of a man this backrow forward will be a huge threat at the breakdown and will lead the charge in the defensive line.

  • Chrysander Botha – A fullback with plenty of counter attacking ability who is very strong in the air. Look for him on the counter attack and coming into the line late. Expect some Exeter Chief ball rubbing

  • Aranos Coetzee – A big prop having played in the Top 14 for Brive will want to make a statement against the best in the world. New Zealand beware this guy has a point to prove.

Squad:

Props:

Aranos Coetzee (Free State Cheetahs)
Johnny Redelinghuys (Wanderers)
Jaco Engels (Trustco United)
Raoul Larson (SWD Eagles)
Casper Viviers (Trustco United)
AJ de Klerk (Wanderers)

Hookers:

Torsten van Jaarsveld (Free State Cheetahs)
Louis van der Westhuizen (Leopards)

Locks:

Janco Venter (Maties)
Tjiuee Uanivi (Unattached)

Flankers:

Jacques ‘The Warrior’ Burger (Captain) (Saracens)
Wian Conradie (Johannesburg University)
Tinus du Plessis (Wanderers)
Rohan Kitshoff (Burbanville-Bellville)
Renaldo Bothma (Toyota Verblitz)

Number 8:

Leneve Damens (Wanderers)
PJ van Lill. (Bayonne)

Scrumhalf:

Eniell Buitendag (Wanderers)
Damian Stevens (Ikey Tigers)
Eugene Jantjies (Dinamo București)

Flyhalf:

Theuns ‘points machine’ Kotze (Bourge-en-Bresse)

Centre:

Darryl de la Harpe (Western Suburbs)
Johan Deysel (Leopards)
JC Greyling (Trustco United)
Danie van Wyk (Trustco United)

Wingers:

Conrad Marais (Béziers)
David Philander (Spotswood United)
Heinrich Smit (NWU Pukke)
Russel van Wyk (Western Suburbs)

Fullback:

Chrysander Botha (Exeter Chiefs)
Johan Tromp (Wanderers)


Starting 15:

Namibian Team

Summary:

The points machine at flyhalf that is Theuns Kotze will be a complete unknown to the majority of the rugby world. His consistent kicking and play-making ability is a breath of fresh air. Emerging nations tend to err on the side of caution when playing against the big boys, but Namibia have shown that they aren’t afraid to play a bit of ”RUGBY”.

With Namibia’s Head Coach leaving abruptly, it will be up to the new staff to stabilise a very hard working dedicated side. Using the skills of Burger, Botha, Kotze and quite a bit of luck we can dream that Namibia pull something amazing out of the bag. This will be Burger’s last World Cup after he announced his retirement from international rugby, so the Namibians will be ready to put their bodies on the line for a victory on the world stage.

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