Cape Town - The Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) has
welcomed the inclusion of a Namibian team in next year’s Vodacom Cup
NRU president Bradley Basson, confirmed on Tuesday that the South
African Rugby Union has agreed to Namibia’s request to be included in the 16-team
competition that will run from early March through to the end of May.
the best thing that could have happened to Namibian rugby in our build-up
towards the Rugby World Cup, we have a number of local based players who are
not exposed to high level rugby and they will benefit from this,” said Basson
from Carcavelos, Portugal where the national team is preparing for a test match
against Portugal on Saturday.
The final fixtures need to be
ratified by the SARU Executive council next month, but Basson said that there
were strong indications that Namibia would be allowed to play all eight their
matches in Windhoek.
“The other good thing is that SARU has convinced teams to
play all the games against us in Windhoek, so our players who are all amateurs
can continue to do their jobs, train in the mornings and evenings and be ready
for the match over the weekend, it will also save the NRU a lot of expenses and
at this stage, we really do have to look at our finances as we will need a lot
of resources to prepare for the World Cup.“
“It will help with the players'
conditioning, they will be exposed to high intensity rugby and with eight of
these matches, they will be much better prepared for the Tests we plan in June
in the CAR competitions as well as the Nations Cup and of course for
the World Cup in September,” said Basson.
According to the NRU president it
will also present his union with the opportunity to generate interest in the
Namibian team before they head off for England.
“That is one of the most
important aspects , that we will be able to get the people of Namibia behind
the team and to get spectators back to rugby.”
Basson said the inclusion of Namibia
in the Vodacom Cup competition was a result of a very strong relationship with
”They remain our big brother and we are immensely grateful to SARU and
the teams who have agreed to travel to Windhoek. We promise them Namibian
hospitality at its best”
The details of which group Namibia
will be playing in, and against which teams as well as the final dates will be
confirmed by SARU in December.