Abel Jacobus de Klerk is one of many full time students in the Namibian side who has put their academic work on hold in an effort to make the final Rugby World Cup squad. de Klerk, or Tjoppie as he is better known, enrolled for a Bachelor in Agriculture degree at the University of Stellenbosch, an institution known for producing many rugby internationals. Following a series of strong performances for Maties in South Africa’s Varsity Cup competition and the Welwitschias in the Vodacom Cup, the 23 year old de Klerk received a call up to the national side. Since his debut on 17 June 2015 against Romania at the Nations Cup, de Klerk has won 5 caps, his first start coming in the Africa Cup match against Kenya two weeks after Namibia recorded an emphatic home series win over Russia. He can play both loose and tight head, his versatility and good form earned him a place in Namibia’s World cup squad. de Klerk is farmer through and through and once his rugby career comes to an end he will return to his family’s land near Mariental in Namibia’s South.