Windhoek - The Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) on Friday confirmed that head coach of the senior national team, Danie Vermeulen, has stepped down from his position.
Vermeulen, who has been in charge of the team since 2012, tendered his resignation on Wednesday afternoon and it was accepted by the NRU board at a meeting in Windhoek, Wednesday evening.
His place will be taken by Phil Davies who was previously the team's technical advisor.
Vermeulen’s resignation comes less than three months before Namibia kick off their World Cup campaign against New Zealand in London on September 24 and just under two weeks before they start a two-match home series against Russia.
"We wish to thank Danie for the massive contribution he has made to Namibian Rugby, especially in very difficult times when he saw us promoted from Africa’s 1B division into the A division and last year when he steered the team to victory in the World Cup qualification tournament in Madagascar," Bradley Basson, president of the NRU, said via a press release.