Du Plessis to Miss Barbarians Clash

Welwitschia loose-forward Tinus du Plessis will miss Namibia’s match against the French Barbarians this Friday in Toulon.

Du Plessis was injured in training last week in Colwyn Bay, Wales but was included in the starting line-up for the second match on the Windhoek Draught Northern Hemisphere Tour subject to a fitness test. The 39-test veteran went for a run on Tuesday afternoon and still had discomfort in his left calf. It was decided to pull him out of the match 23 and allow him more time to recover ahead of the test against Portugal on 22 November. Du Plessis’ progress will be monitored on a daily basis.

His place in the starting line-up will be taken by Mornegrave Blom who moves from the lock position to the side of the scrum with Stefan Neustaumldt coming in at lock. Neustaumldt’s position on the replacement bench will be filled by hooker DG Wiese who will get his first opportunity of the tour.

Namibia will not award test caps for the match against the French Barbarians who will be coached by former French coach Bernard Laporte.

The Namibian team to face the French Barbarians in Toulon is: (Number of caps in brackets, * denotes new cap.)

15. Russel van Wyk (*)

14. Danie Dames (11)

13. JC Greyling (1)

12. Darryl de la Harpe (23)

11. Malcolm Moore (1)

10. Theuns Kotzeacute (18)

09. Ryan de la Harpe (8)

08. PJ van Lill (32)

07. Mornegrave Blom (13)

06. Rohan Kitshoff (c) (18)

05. Tjiuee Uanive (2)

04. Stefan Neustaumldt (7)

03. Andregrave Schlechter (11)

02. Torsten van Jaarsveld (2)

01. Jaco Engels (8)

Replacements :

16. Rathony Becker (10)

17. Johnnie Redelinghuys (42)

18. Casper Viviers (6)

19. DG Wiese (2)

20. Thomasua Forbes (3)

21. Eneill Buitendag (9)

22. Shawn Kaizemi (2)

23. David Philander. (17)

Source : The Namibian