- Saracens loose-forward Jacques Burger will captain Namibia in the upcoming
Rugby World Cup in England and Wales.
leads a squad where 14 of the 31 players selected have previous Rugby World Cup
squad was named in Windhoek on Thursday following a four-day training camp held
is amongst four members of the squad who will be appearing in their third Rugby
World Cup, with prop Johnnie Redelinghuys, loose-forward Tinus du Plessis and
scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies also part of the Namibian teams that participated in
France 2007 and New Zealand 2011.
is Namibia’s highest capped player with 46 Test matches to his credit.
players - Raoul Larson, Rohan Kitshoff, PJ van Lill, Theuns Kotze, Darryl de La
Harpe, Danie van Wyk, Conrad Marais, David Philander and Chrysander Botha - also
did duty in New Zealand in 2011.
feature of the squad is the inclusion of three players under the age of 21 in
hooker Louis van der Westhuizen, flank Wian Conradie and scrumhalf Damian
squad has an average of almost twenty Test matches per player and an average
age of just over 26.
head coach Phil Davies says the squad has a good combination of good
experienced players mixed with youthful exuberance.
a lot of things you have to consider when making a selection like this, the
dynamics of the group is very important and I think we have a number of young,
but inexperienced players whose exuberance is rubbing off on the more
think it is the strongest group of players who we could have picked to select
Namibia at the Rugby World Cup. There’s some good versatility and a big number
of players are in good form as we showed recently when we won four Test matches
and moved up to No 20 on the world rankings.”
admitted that it was very difficult to make the final selection as Namibia had
developed depth in some positions over the last couple of months.
was tough, we have good depth in the midfield, lots of talent in the back
three, and also in our back-row. We do have some world-class players in Jacques
Burger and Renaldo Bothma amongst others, but in some areas where we lack a bit
of depth. We are looking at developing some young players for the future in
those positions,” said Davies.
face defending Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand on September 24, followed
by pool C matches against Georgia, Tonga and Argentina, all teams ranked in the
top 15 and above Namibia in 20th spot on World Rugby’s latest rankings.
feel the players that have put their hand up have been rewarded with selection.
There’s a lot of courage and character and we will be doing everything to get
that first ever elusive win at a Rugby World Cup. I am pleased with the
dynamics of the players who are based in Namibia and those who play
professionally. We couldn’t ask for a group that is more together, a more
committed group” said Davies.
Rugby’s General Manager: Rugby, John Williams, said he was hugely excited by
the inclusion of Conradie, Stevens and van der Westhuizen, three players who
did duty for Namibia at the Junior World Trophy in the last two years.
is important is that they were selected on merit and that is very good in terms
of our future and for our legacy programme, it is very exciting to see these
young players as it shows our structures are working and that bodes well for our
Namibian team returned to Windhoek on Thursday after a hugely successful
training camp in Durban which included three joint training sessions with the
just 27 days to go until kick-off, Rugby World Cup 2015 has already achieved
the best-ever pre-sales of tickets for a Rugby World Cup (2.2 million) and will
shortly surpass the final total number of 2.25 million tickets sold for France
Namibian Rugby World Cup Squad is: (Number of caps and clubs in brackets)
Johannes Coetzee (4 - Brive, France), AJ de Klerk (5 - University of
Stellenbosch, South Africa) Jaco Engels (12 - United, Namibia), Raoul Larson (6
- SWD Eagles, South Africa), Johnnie Redelinghuys (46 - Wanderers, Namibia),
Casper Viviers (12 - Saint Nazaire, France).
Louis van der Westhuizen (2 - Leopards, South Africa), Torsten van Jaarsveld (7
- Free State Cheetahs, South Africa)
Janco Venter (8 - University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Tjiuee Uanivi (10
- Brive, France)
Renaldo Bothma (7 - Sharks & Pumas, South Africa), Jacques Burger (33 -
Saracens, England), Wian Conradie (1 - University of Johannesburg, South
Africa), Leneve Damens (3 - Wanderers, Namibia), Tinus du Plessis (43 -
Wanderers, Namibia), Rohan Kitshoff (22 - Durbell, South Africa), PJ van Lill
(38 - Dax, France)
Eneill Buitendag (13 - Wanderers, Namibia), Eugene Jantjies (43 - Farul
Constanta, Romania), Damien Stevens (1 - University of Western Cape, South
Theuns Kotze (25 - Bourg-en-Bresse, France)
Darryl de La Harpe (27 - Western Suburbs, Namibia), Johan Deysel (8 - Leopards,
South Africa), JC Greyling (7 - United, Namibia), Danie van Wyk (13 - United,
Conrad Marais (7 - Beziers, France), David Philander (24 - Spotswood United,
New Zealand), Heinrich Smith (10 - Leopards, South Africa), Russell van Wyk (4
- Western Suburbs, Namibia)
Chrysander Botha (33 - Exeter Chiefs, England) & Johan Tromp (18 -