Davies happy with Namibia’s progress.
Namibia Head Coach Phil Davies has expressed his satisfaction with his team’s progress since arriving in London 4 days ago. Namibia have a rest day on Sunday before they will start with their final preparations in the build up to Thursday evening’s Pool C match against New Zealand in London.
“The players and the management have settled in very quickly, it has a been really good, the boys have trained very well, they have been enthusiastic and focussed. The hotel has been fantastic, the facilities and hospitality at Cobham are great and it has been an excellent four days actually,” said Davies.
The team has had 3 training session at Cobham RFC in addition to a number of analyses and game plan sessions.
“We have tried to keep everyone engaged with short, sharp and high intensity training sessions and I believe we have set some good foundations to build momentum from going into our matches .“
According to Davies the next three days will be crucial as Namibia prepare for arguably the biggest date in their rugby history, the clash with defending World Cup Champions at London’s iconic Olympic Stadium.
“It is a huge responsibility but it is more a case of looking at it as an opportunity and making sure the players are comfortable with the fact that they are playing in such a big game at such a historic venue as the Olympic Stadium. It is vital that we get them to express themselves and relish the opportunity to play against the World Champions. Our non professional players and professionals have come together in a very solid unit, well led by our captain Jacques Burger and I am excited to watch them play. I am under no illusions but it is going to be a fantastic opportunity to see the Namibian flag flying along side that of New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium. It is a huge challenge and a huge opportunity.”
Davies said he was not surprised by Japan’s historic win over South Africa in Brighton on Saturday
“The result is arguably a shock but it didn’t surprise me that Japan played so well because they are a rugby nation that has developed immensely over the last few years, they have a fully professional league and a world class coach in Eddy Jones.“
The Namibian head coach was measured with his response when asked if Japan’s victory over a major rugby playing nation such as South Africa would give his team motivation ahead of their match against the All Blacks.
“ There’s no comparison, the teams that played yesterday are two fully professional teams, we have a combination which is a bit of the romance of the old game in many ways, all we can do on Thursday is to go out and play to our full potential and give a good account of ourselves.”