February 27, 2015
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Welwitschias get Vodacom Cup sponsorship.

 This article is published courtesy of the Namibian and NAMPA
WINDHOEK – The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) on Thursday received a sponsorship of N1,750 000 from First National Bank (FNB) Namibia for its participation in the Vodacom Cup.
Speaking during the sponsorship announcement, NRU president Bradley Basson, said FNB Namibia had made the rugby union’s dreams of preparing the team for the world cup a reality.“World Cup preparation is not cheap, but the sponsors we have on board made it easier for us. We now know our strengths and weaknesses, plus we have a strong coaching squad that will help us prepare the team for the Vodacom Cup and then the World Cup,” said Basson.

The sponsorship will be for three years and is sanctioned to change on a yearly basis, depending on how many teams are partaking in the tournament.

The Vodacom Cup will be used as the team’s preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup that will be hosted in London (England) in September.

Basson added that the Vodacom Cup is no ‘child’s play’ and partaking in it will help the team in many ways.

“We selected a very youthful team for the Rugby World Cup, and I have no doubt that the team selected have what it takes to make sure that we have spectacular rugby to look forward to during the Vodacom Cup,” he stated.

Namibia qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup after ending top of their group at the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament.

At theRugby World Cup, Namibia is in a group featuring New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.

FNB Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sarel van Zyl said they decided to sponsor the national rugby team because they believe that it is their responsibility to help the team shine, thereby helping Namibia shine as well.

“Namibian players do not get the chance to compete and prepare professionally, so it is important that they get proper exposure in their preparation for the World Cup. We have agreed to support the Namibian side’s participation in the Vodacom Cup for a three year period,” he said.

Other associate sponsors are Air Namibia, Windhoek Draught and Paratus Telecom.

The Welwitschias will play the first game of the tournament on 6 March against Xerox Golden Lions, and then take on Steval Pumas on 13 March and the Down Touch Griffons on 27 March.

On 10 April they play the Blue Bulls and on 18 April they play the Limpopo Blue Bulls. On 1 May they play the Falcons and on 8 May they play the Leopards.

All the Welwitschias’ matches will be played at the Hage Geingob Rugby field in Windhoek.- Nampa

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Line-up confirmed for 2015 Vodacom Cup

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Line-up confirmed for 2015 Vodacom Cup

Sixteen teams, split into two sections of eight each, will contest the 2015 Vodacom Cup, with defending champions GWK Griquas heading up a strong South Section and the Welwitschias from Namibia back in the competition.

Joining the five-time champions from Kimberley in the South Section will be winners in 2012, DHL Western Province, as well as the Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Cell C Sharks XV, EP Kings, SWD Eagles and Toyota Free State XV.

The Xerox Golden Lions, runners up last year and champions in 2013, are in the North Section with the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls, Down Touch Griffons, Leopards XV, Steval Pumas, Valke, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Welwitschias from Namibia.

It will be the Namibians’ first season back in the Vodacom Cup since they last took part in 2011. By special arrangement and agreement, all seven their pool matches will be played in Windhoek.

The Tusker Simba XV from Kenya, due to participate for a second season in the Vodacom Cup, have withdrawn from the competition at short notice. GWK Griquas agreed to move to the South Section as a result of Kenya’s withdrawal.

“It’s a pity that Kenya decided to withdraw, but we respect their decision,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux, “and at the same time it’s very exciting to welcome our neighbours from Namibia back into the competition.

“We have a mandate to help improve and develop the game in Africa and with the Welwitschias back in the Vodacom Cup I’m sure it will add impetus to Namibia’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup later this year.”

The pool matches will be contested within the two sections. The quarter-finals will be cross-section, with the top two teams from each section hosting the third and fourth sides from the other section in the first knock-out round.

“The format of the Vodacom Cup is unchanged from last year and I’m sure it will yet again deliver hard-fought and exciting rugby,” said Roux.

“We’re excited to see which rising stars will come through the competition this year. In 2014, ‘Oupa’ Mohoje played in the Vodacom Cup three months before he made his Springbok debut, while a host of our Junior Springboks also came through the ranks in Vodacom Cup.”

The Vodacom Cup kicks off on the weekend 6/7 March with the final scheduled for the end of May.

Vodacom Cup 2015

North Section
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Xerox Golden Lions
Down Touch Griffons
Leopards XV
Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls
Steval Pumas
Valke
Welwitschias

South Section
Boland Cavaliers
Border Bulldogs
EP Kings
Toyota Free State XV
GWK Griquas
Cell C Sharks XV
SWD Eagles
DHL Western Province

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Vacancies

General Manager: Rugby

The NRU is looking for suitable qualified candidates for said position. The incumbent will report to the CEO of the NRU.

Objective

The General Manager: Rugby is responsible for the direction and management of Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) development programs as well as international and domestic elite athlete training environments and the implementation of the Long-term player development pathway. The primary challenge of this position is to improve Namibia’s international success and status in the sport of Rugby. This is a senior management role encompassing all operational facets of Namibia’s High Performance and Development Program. This would include national senior squads, national age grade, national academy programs and the coordination of High Performance Unit programs in line with the National High Performance plan as well as structuring the union from the bottom up (Get Into Rugby).
The General Manager: Rugby whilst providing leadership to all High Performance programs will seek to develop and maximize the skills and knowledge of the NRU High Performance and development staff to perform their roles effectively. This person will plan, manage, implement and promote “best practice” and promote a positive image of the sport within and beyond the Rugby community.

 

Development Officer

The NRU is looking for suitable qualified candidates for said position. The incumbent will report to the NRU GM: Rugby.

Objective

To develop and implement strategies for the development of fifteens, sevens and women’s rugby at school, club and regional level. To ensure that the NRU promotes and delivers players of talent at all levels of the game. To assist national seven’s and women’s team where and when necessary.

All applications must be emailed to applications@nru.com.na by no later than 12:00, Monday, 5 January 2015.

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