Windhoek - The Namibian Rugby Union on Thursday named a
50-man preliminary training squad from which the final team of 31 players for
the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England in September and October will be selected.
The group includes 15 players with Rugby World Cup
experience while five players - prop Johnnie Redelinghuys, lock Nico
Esterhuyze, loose forwards Jacques Burger and Thinus du Plessis as well as
scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies - participated in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup
tournaments in France and New Zealand
The group is made up of the 27 players currently
representing Namibia at the Nations Cup in Bucharest, Romania as well as number
of UK and South Africa-based players who could not travel to Romania due to
commitments with their franchises, provinces and clubs.
They are Jacques Burger (Saracens - UK), Chrysander Botha (Exeter
Chiefs - UK), Renaldo Bothma (Sharks - SA), Torsten van Jaarsveld (Free State
Cheetahs - SA) and Danie Dames (Griquas - SA).
A number of players recovering from injury, including NWU-Pukke’s
centre Johan Deysel, were also included.
In addition, national team coach Danie Vermeulen rewarded
good form in the Vodacom Cup with a call up to the preliminary training squad
for a number of young players who are pushing for a place in the 31-man World
The preliminary trying group will assemble in Windhoek in
early July to prepare for the two Test matches against Russia in the Namibian
capital on July 11 and 18 respectively.
Forwards: Johannes Coetzee, AJ de Klerk, Shaun du Preez, Jaco
Engels, Rahul Larson, Johnnie Redelinghuys, Casper Viviers, Rathony Becker, Shaun
Esterhuysen, Callie Swanepoel, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld,
DG Wiese, Morne Blom, Ulrich Engels, Nico Esterhuyze, Tjiuee Uanivi, Zana
Botes, Renaldo Bothma, Jacques Burger, Wian Conradie, Leneve Damens, Thinus du Plessis, Thomsua
Forbes, Rohan Kitshoff, Roderique Victor, Christo van der Merwe, PJ van Lill,
Backs: Arthur Bouwer, Enell Buitendag, Eugene Jantjies,
Damian Stevens, Ethan Beukes, Theuns Kotze, Shaun Kaizemi, Daniel Arrles,
Darryll de la Harpe, Johan Deysel, JC Greyling, Heinrcih Smit, Danie van Wyk,
Tuna Amutenya, Danie Dames, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Russel van Wyk,
Chrysander Botha, Divan Rossouw, Johan Tromp