Prop forward Johnnie Redelinghuys will this weekend become the first Namibian player to earn 50 caps for his country after being named in the match day 23 for Namibia’s final Pool C match this Sunday against Argentina in Leicester. The 31 year-old owner of a construction company won his first cap for Namibia on the 9 th of September 2006 against Kenya in Nairobi. Redelinghuys was named on the bench for the match and said it was a huge honour to become the first Namibian player to reach this milestone.
“I am really looking forward to the match, it is an incredible honour to play 50 tests for my country and it will also be my last. I owe it to my family to spend time with them, before this I had very little time for them between traveling to training and my work. I feel it is the right time to go and I will do so with wonderful memories.”
Sunday’s match will be Redelinghuys’ 11 th appearance in a Rugby World Cup match equalling the record for Namibia held by Jacques Burger and Hugo Horn. Namibia Head Coach Phil Davies said there was not a player more deserving of this honour than Redelinghuys.
“I got to know Johnnie well over the last 12 months. His commitment to Namibian rugby has been incredible given his personal circumstances. Many times he leaves home at 04:00 in the morning to be at training at 05:00. Then after a full day’s work he drives hundreds of kilometres from a construction site somewhere to be at the evening training sessions. I thank him for this and wish him all the very best for the match.”
Following the outcome of the disciplinary hearing of Renaldo Bothma and his two week suspension, as well as a number of late fitness concerns, Davies was also forced to make a number of adjustments to the initial 23-man squad named for Sunday’s match. Bothma will be replaced on the bench by Russel van Wyk while scrumhalf Eneill Buitendag has also been ruled out. He will be replaced by Damian Stevens who will make his first start at Rugby World Cup 2015. Prop Raoul Larson has not recovered from an injury and drops out of the match day 23. Johannes Coetzee will start at tight-head with AJ de Klerk coming onto the replacement bench.
Rohan Kitshoff will captain the squad in the absence of Jacques Burger who was ruled out after he was injured in the match against Georgia.
The Namibia team to play Argentina on Sunday.
15. Chrysander Botha (Exeter Chiefs, England))
14. Johan Tromp (Wanderers, Windhoek)
13. JC Greyling (Old Wesley College,Ireland)
12. Johan Deysel (NWU-Pukke, Leopards)
11. Conrad Marais (Beziers, France)
10. Theuns Kotzè (Union Sportive Bressane)
9. Damian Stevens (UWC, South Africa)
8. Leneve Damens (Wanderers, Namibia)
7. Wian Conradie (UJ, South Africa)
6. Rohan Kitshoff(c) (Wanderers, Namibia)
5. Tjiuee Uanivi (Brive, Fr)
4. Janco Venter (US, South Africa)
3. Johannes Coetzee (Free State Cheetahs, South Africa)
2. Torsten van Jaarsveld (Free State Cheetahs, South Africa)
1. Jaco Engels (United, Namibia)
16. Louis van der Westhuizen (NWU Pukke-Leopards, South Africa)
17. Johnnie Redelinghuys (Wanderers, South Africa)
18. AJ de Klerk (US, South Africa)
19. Pieter-Jan van Lill (Bayonne, France)
20. Tinus du Plessis (Wanderers, Namibia)
21. Russel van Wyk (Western Suburbs ,Namibia)
22. Eugene Jantjies (Faral Constanta, Romania)
23. Heinrich Smit (NWU Pukke-Leopards, South Africa)