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Namibia Rugby selects players for World Cup and Gold Cup

by Rodney Pienaar

The Director of Rugby and head coach of the National Team, Phil Davies, is pleased that he could get his best players available for the Gold Cup campaign except a few key players still recovering from injuries.

 The squad is well balanced between the experienced and youth and he is excited about his team’s chances in clinging their sixth consecutive Rugby Africa title.

“We believe that home-based Namibian players provide the heartbeat of the National team, therefore we have implemented a plan in our National Academy to increase the number of quality home-based players participating in the Super Sport Rugby Challenge and the Currie Cup competitions has been a huge help in this development,”Davies said.

He added that Namibia Rugby has introduced 25 new players at senior level over the past two years, including many of outstanding under 20 players through a succession plan.

The team now boasts over 112 players that clearly identifies the spine of the squads for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and 2023.

Davies believes this will be Namibia’s toughest World Cup qualifying group of matches in a decade.

“Despite the hefty challenge we are confident that we have developed and assembled a very strong squad with the relevant talent, mental strength and depth to meet those challenges,” Davies said.

The Gold Cup kicks off with a home game against Uganda on Saturday 16 June followed by Tunisia which will visit Namibia on 23 June.

 The first away-game for the team will be in Morocco on the 30th of June, Zimbabwe on the 4th of August with the final game against Kenya in the Hage Geingob stadium on the 18th of August.