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U20 Trophy gets off to a thrilling start

Played under blue skies at the Harare Sports Club, the opening round of matches at World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016 produced no less than 39 tries and 302 points and wins for Namibia, Spain, Fiji and Samoa.


USA captain Hanco Germishuys’ hat-trick was in vain as Namibia snatched victory in a riotous game of running rugby that was settled deep into stoppage time.

The Junior All-Americans looked on course to repeat their narrow Trophy win over the Namibians in 2009 until replacement Stiaan van der Merwe levelled the scores with his side’s sixth try and Cliven Loubser kicked the all-important conversion.

Only once before (Zimbabwe in 2012) has a team scored so many points and lost an U20 Trophy fixture, although that game was played under the five points for a try ruling not the six-point system being trialled in the World Rugby U20 Trophy.

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Namibia Rugby Players

  Jacques Burger

Jacques Burger

Position: Loose-forward
Date of Birth: 29.07.1983
Place of Birth: Windhoek
Weight: 105 kg
Height: 1.88 m
Club: Saracens (UK)
Caps: 33
Debut: 14.08.2014

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