It is now official, Zimbabwe will host the next World Rugby U20 2016. Namibia Rugby Union which just qualified by winning the U19 tournament in Harare will be accompanied of Zimbabwe which will automatically participate! Twice as much chances to win the trophy! Good preparation to our teams !
Watch as Renaldo "Dado" Bothma does a fitting for his RWC mouth guard. Nam are back in camp for final preparations.
Saracens loose-forward Jacques Burger will captain Namibia in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in England and will lead a squad where 14 of the 31 players selected have previous Rugby World Cup experience.
The squad was named in Windhoek on Thursday following a four day training camp held in Durban, South Africa.
Burger is amongst four members of the squad that will be appearing in their third Rugby World Cup, with prop Johnnie Redelinghuys, loose-forward Tinus du Plessis and scrum-half Eugene Jantjies also part of the Namibian teams that participated in France 2007 and New Zealand 2011.
Redelinghuys is Namibia highest capped player of all time with 46 test matches to his credit.
Namibia Reaction after Bok Training
Phil Davies on World Rugby TV
The Springboks and fellow African team Namibia will train together next week as both teams go into the final phase of their Rugby World Cup preparations.
The Namibians, who have been in impressive form recently, will hold a RWC camp in Durban and the teams decided it would benefit both to hold joint training sessions from Monday to Wednesday.
Apart from the on-field training, there will also be meetings between the coaches and other management of the two teams.
“It will be great preparation for us to train with a team that is also going to the World Cup,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
Namibia’s national training squad will travel to South Africa on Sunday for a 4-day training camp in Durban. The visit will include a number of joint practise sessions with the Springboks following an approach from the NRU to SARU for assistance with Namibia’s Rugby World Cup preparations. According to Namibia’s Head Coach Phil Davies the training camp is an important part of Namibia’s Rugby World Cup campaign.
” The training camp in Durban is vital for our preparations as it will expose our players to Tier One opposition, “ said Davies.
Namibia will travel to next month’s Rugby World Cup in England as champions of Africa. On Saturday, in front of close to 5000 people at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, the hosts, sponsored by Windhoek Draught, thrashed Zimbabwe by 80 points to 6 in the final of the Africa Cup competition to retain the title they won in Madagascar last year. Inspired by the presence of Namibia’s president and Patron of the Namibia Rugby Union, Dr. Hage Geingob, the hosts recorded 12 tries, 10 of which were converted to the two penalties from Zimbabwe. Rohan Kitshoff led Namibia superbly in the absence of Jacques Burger and scored a hat-trick of tries to earn the Windhoek Draught Man of the Match Award.
Namibia recorded an emphatic 46-13 win over Kenya in a Windhoek Draught Africa Cup match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday. Namibia led 25-6 at the break. Their 6 try win over the East African side came just over a year after Namibia lost to Kenya at the World Cup qualification tournament in Madagascar, a defeat that came very close to destroying Namibia’s Rugby World Cup ambitions. On Saturday the Kenyans found a very different Namibian side to the one they had beaten last year, and the final score-line was very kind to the visitors. Despite their recent victories over Spain and Portugal respectively, the Kenyans were no match for the Namibians who six weeks out from the Rugby World Cup, looked to be the better conditioned and tactically astute side.
Hampton Court palace & Chase Bridge Primary to welcome Namibia to RWC
Landmark venues across England and Wales chosen to host Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Welcome Ceremonies
With excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, seventeen landmark venues across England and Wales will play host to Team Welcome Ceremonies as the world’s best teams are officially welcomed to the Tournament.
The ceremonies will be a celebration of the Team’s achievements and will include Team friends and family as well as the local community. The ceremonies will be an official welcome to England and Wales for the Team featuring their presentation of Tournament Caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 Participation Medals.
Highlights: Windhoek Draught 2 nd Test / Nam v Russia
Namibia defeated Russia by 45-5 in the second test of the Windhoek Draught Friendship Series on Saturday 18 July. The test match was attended by the President of Namibia and Patron of the Namibian Rugby Union, Dr.Hage Geingob.
Namibian defeated Russia by 39 points to 19 in Windhoek on July 11 in the first test of the Windhoek Draught test series. The hosts produced their best performance in over a year with a comprehensive victory over a side ranked 3 places higher at number 22 on World Rugby’s rankings.Coming off three consecutive losses at the Nations Cup in Romania last month, Namibia superbly led by Saracen’s loose-forward Jacques Burger, put their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign firmly back on track.
Stevens and Conradie to debut against Kenya
Former Namibian under 20 players, scrumhalf Damien Stevens and loose-forward Wian Conradie will make their senior debuts against Kenya on Saturday in the Windhoek Draught Africa Cup 1A international series. Conradie who did duty for Namibia at the IRB Junior Trophy Tournament in Hong Kong last year and Stevens who represented Namibia at the Junior World Trophy in Portugal this year, are the only new caps in the match day 22 named by Head Coach Phil Davies on Wednesday.
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.