Namibia welcomed to Rugby World Cup 2015 at hampton court palace
Rugby World Cup 2015 welcomes Namibia ahead of their first game on September 24
Today the Namibia team were welcomed to Rugby World Cup 2015 during their official welcome ceremony at Hampton Court Palace.
The ceremony marked the arrival of the team ahead of the start of their Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 24, when they face New Zealand in their opening game of the Tournament.
The ceremony saw the Namibia squad arrive at Hampton Court Palace to be greeted by a choir from Chase Bridge Primary School, Twickenham, performing World In Union in front of an audience including figures from World Rugby, England Rugby 2015 and the RFU, as well as the player's families and the local community.
Following welcome speeches, from Chairman of World Rugby, Bernard Lapasset and RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie, each member of the team was presented with a Tournament cap and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medal. A local welcome speech was delivered by Lionel Frewin, Cobham RFC.
Speaking during the ceremony, Namibia captain, Jacques Burger, said: "I knew England would be a great place to host a Rugby World Cup. I've lived here for eight years and love it here. The thing I love the most is the tradition which we've seen here at Hampton Court Palace today. Rugby is a massive part of that tradition and today shows that. Coming from a small Rugby nation like Namibia, we're keen to contribute to that tradition. We'll go out there and make you proud. We've got a great group of players here today and we're going to entertain the people of England. Make sure you come to the games and scream very loudly."
With the Tournament rapidly approaching, fans still have the opportunity to get their hands on tickets to see Italy at the third largest sports event in the world. Tickets for the following matches can still be purchased at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com:
September 24, 20:00 – New Zealand vs Namibia, The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
September 29, 16:45 – Tonga vs Namibia, Sandy Park, Exeter
October 7, 20:00 – Namibia vs Georgia, Sandy Park, Exeter
October 11, 20:00 – Argentina vs Namibia, Leicester City Stadium
Tickets for a number of other matches across the tournament are available at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com
During their time at Rugby World Cup 2015, Namibia will be staying at the following Team Bases:
Surrey Sports Park
Issued by World Rugby