The rugby career of David (Poeding) Philander got off to a late start, but just a decade after he started playing rugby he will be participating in his second RWC tournament. Philander started out playing football at school, a rugby coach noticed his pace and invited him to trails. Born and raised and Windhoek, Philander started playing for Unam in his final year at school in 2008 and the following year joined Rehoboth Rugby Club and went on to win the Player of the Season award, while also helping Rehoboth win their first - and to date only - Premier League title. Philander made his debut against Senegal in 2008 and three years later was included in the Namibian squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand where he made one appearance against Wales in New Plymouth. The Namibians were based in Gisborne and it was here that Philander was spotted by a New Zealand coach who offered him an opportunity to play there after the World Cup. Philander joined Poverty Bay and in 2014 he moved Spotswood United in Taranaki. Philander was instrumental in Namibia’s 89-10 win over Madagascar last year to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015, scoring two tries. He has 23 caps and has also represented his country at Sevens.