Pride At Stake As Namibia Takes On Hong Kong

Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU), Sybrand de Beer, says the national Under-20 team’s lukewarm performance at the on-going World Rugby Trophy in Portugal has not given him sleepless nights and insists the boys can improve with time.

Having already lost their first two crucial opening matches to Canada (35-20) and Tonga (45-11), Namibia will have nothing to play for but pride when they lock horns with Hong Kong in today’s final group match at the University Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.

De Beer admits he was shocked by Namibia’s defeat to Canada but the 45-11 whipping by Tonga was a bit understandable, as Tonga are very g opponents compared to Canada.

“Despite the misfortunes, I still gly believe we have a very g and competitive squad and maybe we should focus on fully tightening up our preparations ahead of major tournaments such as the World Rugby Trophy. The team only had a few days to prepare, as some of the players are based in South Africa while the other chunk is here at home. So, maybe the co-ordination lacked a bit in some departments,” says a confident De Beer.

Source : New Era