National Rugby team winger David Philander will miss out in action as Namibia faces Zimbabwe in a highly anticipated show-down this weekend at Hage Geingob Stadium, The Villager Sport is reliably informed.
This comes as the boys are exiting from a convincing victory over the Senegalese last weekend and the national rugby team will have to bulldoze through the Zimbabweans on the 15th of July.
Namibia scored 95 points against Senegal.
Namibia Rugby Head Coach Roger Thompson told The Villager Sport two days before the match that Philander pulled a hamstring recently and thus making his chances to be part of the team to clash with Zimbabwe slim.
“David Philander pulled a hamstring a couple of days ago and will not be part of the team,” said the coach.
The thirty-year-old made his debut for Namibia in 2008 and was part of the squad at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Namibian International has played in New Zealand after having signed for the Poverty Bay team for the Heartland Championship about ﬁve years ago.
At the same time, the coach has also conﬁrmed that some of the players have suffered a couple of minor injuries in the last few weeks, yet he remains upbeat that his camp is solid and ready for the Saturday clampdown.
“So far we have no serious injuries that are in the camp, there are few guys that are nursing some minor injuries but we are sure that everybody should be ﬁne,” said Thompson.
Despite making his way past the Senegalese menace last weekend, Thompson has said the boys have to do better than the previous match as the Zimbabweans will deﬁnitely pose a new challenge.
“We’ve had a good training so far, obviously it’s always the mindset of the players that we need to improve this week. We are coming from a big win last weekend but that’s now in the past, obviously we need to improve on that. Zimbabwe will deﬁnitely present a new challenge. We thus have to be improving each week in order to be crowned African Champs again,” Thompson told The Villager Sport two days before kick-off.
The quest to the championship is still a long one and so far, Roger said he is looking to taking each challenge a day at a time.
“That’s still a long way off and we have to take it game by game, and the big challenge for us is the little time we have to deal with Zimbabwe,” he said.
The 2017 Rugby Africa season contains a series of rugby union tournaments scheduled for 2017 and organised by the governing body of rugby union in Africa, Rugby Africa.
The top-tier event is the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, formerly simply known as the Africa Cup, a six-team competition which is being played on a roundrobin basis from June to August 2017.
For 2017, a restructuring and subsequent rebranding occurred as follows: Gold Cup: the tier 1 event. The four teams from 2016’s Division 1A
Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Zimbabwe – are joined by the two pool winners from Division 1B, Senegal and Tunisia. This competition is being played on a round-robin basis from 24 June to 5 August 2017. Silver Cup: the tier 2 event. The three highest-ranked non-ﬁnalists from Division 1B – Botswana, Ivory Coast and Madagascar – were joined by Division 1C champions Morocco for a tournament that was held between 5 and 8 July 2017. Bronze Cup: the tier 3 event. The Bronze Cup consisted of six teams, divided into a Group North and a Group South. The northern group took place from 17 to 26 March and contained Nigeria from 2016’s Division 1C and Algeria and Cameroon, both returning after not competing in the competition in 2016. The southern group took place from 24 March to 2 April and was made up of Zambia, relegated from Division 1B, Mauritius from Division 1C and Rwanda, who recently attained full membership of World Rugby. Regional Challenge: the lowest tier of African rugby. The remaining twelve teams were divided into four groups of three teams; the Group West 1 tournament containing Benin, Ghana and Togo was played from 30 April to 6 May, the Group West 2 tournament containing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger was played from 21 to 27 May, the Group Centre tournament containing Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon will be played from 1 to 7 October, and the Group South tournament.