Burger to captain Namibia

2014-11-04 11:40
Jacques Burger (File)
Windhoek - A new look Namibian starting line-up will face Canada on Friday evening in Colwyn Bay in the opening match of their Northern Hemisphere Tour.

Welwitchias coach Danie Vermeulen has made no fewer than ten changes to the team that defeated Germany 58-20 in Windhoek last week.

Two of the changes are positional switches. Saracens loose-forward Jacques Burger will captain the team in his first appearance for Namibia since the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Burger replaces Thomasua Forbes while Tinus du Plessis moves from No 8 to the side of the scrum in places of Rohan Kitshoff who will be on the bench.

PJ van Lill who joined the team Monday evening in Colwyn Bay from France will start the match in his familiar No 8 jersey.

Vermeulen said the changes to the team and the loose-forward trio and the team had more to do with a rotational policy than form.

“We are delighted to have Jacques back and he has immediately made a major impact on the vibe in the squad. He had 52 minutes for Saracens against Harlequins over the weekend and we would like to give him as much game time as possible against Canada.”

Veteran prop Johnnie Redelinghuys will start at loosehead in the place of Jaco Engels who will join the team later this week while Tjiuee Uanive will make his first start at the expense of Nico Esterhuyse who was injured just before the team’s departure for Wales.

Eneill Buitendag gets a start at scrumhalf where he will pair up with French based Theuns Kotze, both promoted to the starting line-up after coming off the bench against Germany.

On the left wing David Philander got the nod ahead of Johan Tromp who is on the bench. In the second positional switch Danie Dames moves from fullback to right wing making way for Exeter Chiefs fullback Chrysander Botha.

Windhoek United’s Franklin Bertholini is the only uncapped player in the match-day 23 and is likely to earn his first cap for Namibia from the bench.

Coach Vermeulen said with three very tough matches ahead it was important to give as many players as possible a run against Canada.

“We expect the Canadians to be extremely physical, we know that we will probably pick up an injury or two so we need to manage the players to ensure we remain competitive in all our matches.”

Namibia team:

15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Darryl de la Harpe, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 David Philander, 10 Theuns Kotzé, 9 Eneill Buitendag, 8 PJ van Lill, 7 Jacques Burger (captain), 6 Tinus du Plessis, 5 Tjiuee Uanive, 4 Morné Blom, 3 André Schlechter, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys

Substitutes: 16 Rathony Becker, 17 Franklin Bertholini, 18 Casper Viviers, 19 Stefan Neustädt, 20 Rohan Kitshoff, 21 Ryan de la Harpe, 22 Shawn Kaizemi, 23 Johann Tromp

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