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2010-10-25 19:38

Nickname: Welwitschias

Captain: Jacques Burger

Coach: Johan Diergaardt

RWC Appearances: 3 (First in 1999)

Best result: Bottom of pool, 1999, 2003, 2007

Rugby union has been played in Namibia since 1916 when it was introduced by soldiers from South Africa, who had invaded the German-run colony.

Before gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia played, as South-West Africa, in South Africa's domestic competition, the Currie Cup. The team achieved their best result in the 1989 season, when they finished third.

The Namibia Rugby Union was formed in March 1990, and it joined the International Rugby Board in the same month. Unfortunately, independence came too late for Namibia to qualify for Rugby World Cup 1991.

Hardened by regular, tough competition in the Currie Cup, the first few years of Namibian rugby union were relatively successful, their highest point being 2-0 home series victories over Ireland and Italy in 1991.

That year the Welwitschias won all 10 of their Tests, the others being five victories against Zimbabwe and one against Portugal in Lisbon.

Despite these promising results in their first few year as a Test union, Namibia failed to qualify for the 1995 Rugby World Cup and thus the 1999 World Cup marked their debut at the tournament.

However, with a small player base and lacking frequent or strong competition, the Namibian team had begun to deteriorate by the time start of the tournament. As a result, Namibia suffered heavy defeats to Fiji (67-18), France (47-13) and Canada (72-11) during the group stage.

Namibia qualified successfully for the following World Cup in 2003, but they suffered heavy defeats at the tournament again. The team conceded a total of 313 points in their group stage defeats to Argentina (67-14), Ireland (67-7), Romania (37-7) and Australia (142-0).

At the 2007 World Cup, Namibia were drawn in a tough group and although they still did not manage to win a single game, the defeats suffered were not as heavy as the previous tournament.

Namibia will face South Africa, Wales, Fiji and Samoa in Pool D of the tournament and, on current form, look likely to suffer heavy losses again.


Backs: Johannes Bock, Chrysander Botha, Hendirk Dames, Darryl de la Harpe, Ryan de la Harpe, Eugene Janjties, Theuns Kotze, Tertius Losper, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Llelwellyn Winkler, Daniel van Wyk, Mcgrath van Wyk, Willem van Zyl.

Forwards: Jacques Burger, Egbertus O'Callerghan, Nico Esterhuyse, Hendrik Franken, Hugo Horn, Uakazuvara Kazombiaze, Rohan Kitshoff, Heinze Koll, Raol Larson, Pieters van Lill, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Reaud van Neel, Tinus du Plessis, Johannes Redelinghuys, Johannes du Toit, Marius Visser.

Key Player

Jacques Burger
Height: 1.89m
Weight: 105kgs

Namibia's captain and flanker Burger is a strong and hard working loose forward who is a key player for English Premiership club Saracens.


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