Clems Pirates ready for Namibian Legends

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) will host the second and last match between the Namibian Legends and a touring team from the United Kingdom (UK) at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Wednesday evening.

On Saturday, the Namibian Legends won the first match by 71-7 against Clems Pirates from the UK.

The Namibian Legends’ team consists mainly of players who played for the country in previous years. Many of the team members who played in the very first Rugby World Cup the country qualified for in 1999 will thus be in action.

Clems Pirates was started by brothers Andrew and Stephen Oxenham to play a single match to celebrate Stephen’s 40th birthday, but it is now a good example of veterans’ rugby, and was affiliated to the Durham Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 2000.

More than 150 players have represented the club at home and abroad.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Clems Pirates’ player Andrew Oxenham said the Namibian Legends gave them a good run, but they did not give up because the spirit of the game was excellent.

One of the youthful players in Clems Pirates, Jonny Robinson, said for his part that the Namibian Legends should be prepared when they meet again tonight as they still have a couple of tricks up their sleeves.

The game will kick-off at 18h00 and the entrance fee is N.dollars 10.

The UK team aims to promote youth rugby.

After the game, the NRU will select a school to benefit from a donation consisting of kit and mouth guards from Clems Pirates.

That school was selected, based on which school had the most spectators at the first match on Saturday.

Schools were asked to invite learners and parents to attend the match, and at the entrance, the spectators were asked to write down the name of the school which invited them.