Namibia forced into change

2014-11-13 10:28
Namibia rugby (File)

Windhoek - Loose-forward Tinus du Plessis will miss Namibia’s match against the French Barbarians in Toulon on Friday.

Du Plessis was injured in training last week in Colwyn Bay, Wales but was included in the starting line-up for the second match of their Northern Hemisphere tour subject to a fitness test.

The 39-Test veteran went for a run on Tuesday afternoon and still had discomfort in his left calf. It was decided to pull him out of the match-23 and allow him more time to recover ahead of the Test against Portugal on November 22. Du Plessis’ progress will be monitored on a daily basis.

His place in the starting line-up will be taken by Morne Blom, who moves from the lock position to the side of the scrum, with Stefan Neustädt coming in at lock. Neustädt's position on the replacement bench will be filled by hooker, DG Wiese, who will get his first opportunity of the tour.

Namibia will not award Test caps for the match against the French Barbarians who will be coached by former France coach Bernard Laporte.

The Namibian team to face the French Barbarians in Toulon is:

15. Russel van Wyk, 14. Danie Dames, 13. JC Greyling, 12. Darryl de la Harpe, 11. Malcolm Moore, 10. Theuns Kotze, 9. Ryan de la Harpe, 8. PJ van Lill, 7. Morne Blom, 6. Rohan Kitshoff (captain), 5. Tjiuee Uanive, 4. Stefan Neustädt, 3. Andre Schlechter, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Jaco Engels

Substitutes: 16. Rathony Becker, 17. Johnnie Redelinghuys, 18. Casper Viviers, 19. DG Wiese, 20. Thomasua Forbes, 21. Eneill Buitendag, 22. Shawn Kaizemi, 23. David Philander

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