Namibian Legends to Face Clem’s Pirates

A Namibian Legends rugby team, made up of former national players will take on the visiting British team, Clem’s Pirates in the first of two friendly matches at 15h00 at the Hage Geingob National Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the second due to take place on Wednesday, 14 May.

Clems Pirates are known in the North East of England for their sheer enthusiasm, terrific tours and their fundraising efforts.

It was started by brothers Andrew and Stephen Oxenham as a single match to celebrate Stephen’s 40th birthday. It has since grown into a fine example of veterans’ rugby and was affiliated in 2000 to Durham RFU. With the help of their generous sponsor Thompsons of Prudhoe, more than 150 players have represented the club at home and abroad.

The first tour was to Edinburgh and since then they have played around the globe including South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, Holland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nice, Cuba, Spain, Kuala Lumpur amp Singapore and most recently Palma, Majorca.

Whilst on tour they don’t just play rugby but present local schools with kit and other donations. Back home Clem’s Pirates have donated a total of almost pound60 000 to good causes, including to charities such as Cystic Fibrosis, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, the North East Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes and Tabitha’s Toys.

The NRU will choose a school that will benefit from the generous kit handouts from Clem’s Pirates. The school will be chosen at tomorrow’s match while the handover will be done next week Wednesday. The school with the most spectators at tomorrow’s match will be selected to receive the donation.

“Schools must therefor invite pupils and parents to attend the match and at the entrance the spectators will be asked to write the name of the school who invited them. The school with the most spectators invited will win,” the NRU said in a press release.

A large group of the Namibian Legends team played at the very first Rugby World Cup that Namibia qualified for in 1999, while the rest of the team is made up of players who played for Namibia after that period.

“The concept of the Legends team is to involve those players who have done duty for Namibia after their retirement. This ties in with our grassroots program, Get Into Rugby, where the motto is ‘Try, Play, Stay.’ Players first try the game, then they play the game, and the last phase is to stay in the game as a spectator, administrator, coach, referee or match official,” the statement read.

The Namibian Legends team is as follows:

Eben Smith, Cor van Tonder, JM Meyer, Heino Senekal, Hardus Swart, Schalk van der Merwe, Herman Lintvelt, Sybrand de Beer, Ronaldo Pedro, Rudi van Vuuren, Deon Mouton, Corne Powell, Attie Samuelson, Vince Dreyer and Jaco Kotze.

The reserves are Johan Zaayman, Jood Opperman, Gerald Loubser, Deon Gouws, Jaco Kotze, Pat Kotze, Jurie van Tonder, Pieter Fick, JP Nel, Regardt Lourens, Jaco Vermaak and Wolfie Duvenhage.

In addition to the main match, the NRU also arranged a number of other matches for the rugby loving public. The Namibian U16 Grant Khomo team will play against an Affies Invitational team at 11h00, while the Namibian U18 Craven Week team will play against a Wanderers third team at 12h00.

The main curtain raiser will be between a Central team and a Western team starting at 13h30.

Source : The Namibian