Namibia Under 19 Team
At junior level, Namibia has excelled at continental level while also competing with distinction at the World Junior Rugby Trophy tournament over the past decade. Since 2002 Namibia regularly competed at the IRB Junior World Cup Division B, which was later renamed the IRB Junior World Trophy. In recent years however they went through a lean spell as Zimbabwe represented Africa from 2009 to 2011, but in 2012 Namibia won the Junior Africa Cup to once again qualify for the Junior World Trophy.
2010 – 2012
In 2010, Namibia missed out on qualification for the 2011 Junior World Rugby Trophy after being beaten 29-15 by Zimbabwe in the final of the African qualifiers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on July 30.
Namibia took an early 15-6 lead after tries by eighthman Royal Otto and prop Tjino Tjirare, but Zimbabwe scored 23 unanswered points to take the title.
Earlier, Namibia beat Tunisia 15-11 in the semifinals to qualify for the final.
On September 1, 2012, Namibia beat Zimbabwe 44-23 in the Junior Africa Cup final to book their place at the 2013 Junior World Trophy. Eighthman Wian Conradie had a great match, scoring two tries, while the other try scorers were Ethan Beukes, GD Orlam, Donovan Kandjii, Gerhard Lotter and Deslee Beukes. Deslee Beukes added one conversion and one drop goal, while Ethan Beukes added one penalty and two conversions.
On 25 September Namibia beat Tunisia 44-7 in their opening match, with centre Ethan Beukes scoring 24 points. Four days later Namibia beat Kenya 39-11, with flyhalf Deslee Beukes scoring 14 points.
In 2009, Namibia once again finished fifth at the IRB Junior World Trophy in Nairobi, Kenya, after beating Pupua New Guinea 48-43 in the fifth place play-off. In their opening Pool match on April 21 Namibia beat Kenya 21-17 after a last minute try by wing Nathan Ockhuizen, and four days later they crushed the Cayman Islands 117-0 with Ockhuizen scoring a hattrick of tries, while 11 other players also crossed the line.
Namibia’s title aspirations however came crashing down on April 29 when they lost 29-24 to the United States, after conceding two late tries.
Namibia finished third in their group and fifth overall after beating Papua New Guinea 48-43 in the fifth place playoff match. The Namibian team was coached by Johan Diergaardt and included standout players like Ockhuizen, fullback and captain Robert Herridge, flanker Janee Karuaihe and lock Andre de Klerk.
In 2008, Namibia finished fifth at the IRB Junior World Trophy in Santiago, Chile, after beating Korea 36-29 in the fifth place playoff. Earlier, Namibia finished third in Group A after losing 28-26 to Romania and 20-6 to Chile and beating the Cook Islands 25-14.
Chrysander Botha was once again a star of the team, scoring a hattrick of tries against Romania, while other standout players included centre Shaun Kaizemi and fullback Robert Herridge.
In 2007, Namibia won the African qualifying tournament in Nairobi, Kenya after a dramatic 23-20 victory against Zimbabwe in the final. Namibia were trailing 20-8 at halftime but staged a magnificent comeback to clinch the victory.
Fullback Llewellyn Koopman and centre Lezhanne Alcock scored tries for Namibia, while Alcock added a penalty. Namibia were also awarded a penalty try that was converted. Flyhalf Herman Rust scored the winning points with a drop goal in injury time to see Namibia through to the 2008 IRB Junior World Trophy in Chile.
Namibia drew their first match 8-8 against Morocco on July 22 and two days later beat Tunisia 24-10 to qualify for the final.
In 2006 Namibia once again competed at the IRB Junior Rugby World Cup in Dubai, UAE, where it came ninth in Division B, to finish 21st out of 24 nations. Namibia lost their opening two group matches to Canada 29-10 and to Georgia 14-6, before they beat Chile 14-6 in their final group match.
In the playoff matches for 9th to 12th positions, Namibia easily beat South Korea 56-5 and Chinese Taipei to finish ninth in Division B. The Namibian team was coached by Riaan Jantjies and included future senior player Chrysander Botha at left wing.
In 2005, Namibia qualified for the IRB Under 19 World Cup in South Africa where they came 18th overall. Namibia comfortably beat Spain 49-5, but lost 29-27 against Italy and drew 20-20 against the United States. The Namibian team included future senior national players like scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies, wing Danie Dames and flanker Vaughan Petersen.
In 2002, Namibia excelled in the B Division of the U19 Rugby World Cup in Italy. The Namibian team, which was captained by future star player Jacques Burger and included PJ van Lill and Johnny Redelinghuys, beat Paraguay, Spain and Poland to reach the B Division final which they lost against Canada.