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Namibia under-20 rugby team qualifies for World Cup

17/04/2018
by Rodney Pienaar
Sports

Namibia’s under-20 rugby team has qualified for the world cup competitions that will be held in Bucharest, Romania from 28th of August to 9th of September this year.

The team emerged victorious from the South group when they beat Kenya 37 -15 at the Barthés Trophy that ended in South Africa last week.  

Namibia had beaten the Zimbabwean team 27-17 while Kenya beat Madagascar 51 -13 in the first round. 

In the third place play-offs Zimbabwe beat Madagascar 100 -15.  Namibia and Tunisia both toped in their groups but the Namibia won the overall Africa title after finishing +29 points aggregate compared to Tunisia’s +7 points on aggregate. 

This year's Barthés Trophy competition was split into two groups, ‘North and Southern Stream’, due to competing at a distance for the African championship title. 

The date is yet to be announced when the team will take up training for yhe world cup, national coach Roger Thompson has said. 

“It is still early to say when the team will start training but we will communicate with the media through our office. This team is a very strong team and they have proven it in the recently held competition. There are just a number of things we need to tackle as a team and they will be ready for the world cup,” he said. 

He added that most of the players are excited and are looking forward to taking part in the world cup.