Namibia and Russia met in the first test of the
Windhoek Draught Friendship Series on July
the 11 th at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Led by a superb Jacques Burger,playing in his first
test match at home since 2009,
Namibia recorded their first win over Russia
ranked at no 19,3 places higher than Namibia at 22.
The final score 39-19 to Namibia.
Windhoek Draught Man of the Match was Russel van Wyk who scored twice.
A week later in front of almost 5000 spectators
Namibia produced one of their best performances
in years to defeat Russia by 45 points to 5
and record a historic series win over Russia.
The Namibian Rugby Union in conjunction with South African Sports promoter Willem Strauss and SAFLAND announced on Tuesday that an international 7s tournament will be hosted in Windhoek on 25/26 September. Eight teams will participate in the International Competition including the SARU Sevens Academy, Zimbabwe, Poland and off course the hosts Namibia. In addition a schools and club competition will also take place. The tournament will serve as preparations for the Africa Men's Sevens Olympic Qualification Tournanament in South Africa from the 13 th of November. At the Media briefing in Windhoek today, NRU CEO Sybrand de Beer, Willem Strauss and Kallie van der Merwe from SAFLAND.
Namibia defeated Russia by 45 points to 5 in Windhoek on Saturday to clinch the Windhoek Draught Friendship Series 2-nil after the hosts also won the first test a week ago 39-19. The emphatic victory underlined the huge difference a week can make to a team like Namibia with both Head Coach Phil Davies and backline coach Pieter Rossow having had more time with the team. Saturday’s test victory was a more controlled and clinical performance than a week ago. Russia also produced a better performance but the difference was that Namibia improved a great deal more and the five tries to one was testimony to the hosts dominance of the match watched by just over five thousand spectactors.
Namibian captain Jacques Burger thanking the Russian team for traveling to Windhoek for the Windhoek Draught Friendship Series.
And here it is ... a fantastic occasion at Maerua Mall in Windhoek today with the unveiling of Namibia's RWC jersey.Top photo NRU president with captain Jacques Burger, bottom photo Russell van Wyk, David Philander, JC Greyling and Renaldo Bothma.
Wanderers loose-forward Zana Botes will make his senior debut for Namibia on Saturday in the second test of the Windhoek Draught Friendship series against Russia. The 24-year old Botes was included in the Namibian team that shows 6 changes and 2 positional switches from the starting 15 that defeated Russia 39-19 in the first test in Windhoek last Saturday. Exeter Chiefs fullback Chrysander Botha gets his first start in the Namibian jersey since breaking his leg in Namibia’s defeat to Canada in Colwyn Bay, Wales last year. Botha came on as replacement in the first test.
NRU GM Rugby John Williams on the left and Head Coach Phil Davies on the right during a media briefing in Windhoek on Tuesday. John and Phil outlined the NRU's Legacy program which is being implemented to ensure structures remain in place when Namibia start preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Namibia Breweries on Wednesday announced that they will sponsor the upcoming series against Russia. The series will be known as the Windhoek Draught Friendship Series. In addition NBL also confirmed that they would sponsor the Africa Cup 1A matches against Kenya and Zimbabwe and will also support the National Team at their training camp which will be held in Durban at the end of August.
Working hard ahead of the Windhoek Draught Friendship Series that kicks-off this weekend against Russia. Tickets available at Computicket Namibia.
Phil Davies hopes Namibia’s hard work on and off the field pays off at Rugby World Cup 2015 and beyond.
Namibia fly half Theuns Kotzé effortlessly strikes over a well struck 40 metre drop goal during the Nations Cup match against Argentina Jaguars in June 2015 at the Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.
Namibian international Jacques Burger is scheduled to travel to Windhoek this weekend to join the national squad ahead of the two test match Windhoek Draught Friendship Series against Russia starting on July the 11. Speaking from London where he was still training with his club outfit Saracens this week, Burger said he was very excited to play at home again.” It is always great to play in front of your people, friends and family. I am really looking forward to join up with my team mates and represent my country again.”
Former Blue Bulls back-line coach Pieter Rossouw says he is very excited about the prospect of working with the Namibian national team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The Namibian Rugby Union confirmed on Monday that Rossouw has been appointed as back-line coach for the Namibian national side for RWC 2015. The appointment to Namibia’s World Cup coaching staff is the result of a long standing relationship between the NRU and the Blue Bulls Company .
The Namibian Rugby union has confirmed that the head coach of the senior national team, Danie Vermeulen, has stepped down from his position. Vermeulen who has been in charge of the team since 2012, tendered his resignation on Wednesday afternoon and it was accepted by the NRU Board at a meeting in Windhoek, Wednesday evening.