Rugby squad for World Cup announced

The Namibia Rugby Union on Monday announced a 31 man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which will kick off on Friday 20 September and ends on 02 November in Japan.

Speaking to Nampa at the squad announcement in Windhoek, head coach Phil Davis said this was one of the most difficult selectin he has had to make.

We based our selection criteria around the tier one playing standards. We had quite a clear process and it was very difficult to get to 31 as we had 38 for most of the time. I believe the players that we chose are the best players that we have in terms of the best combinations, Davis said.

He added that the squad has been in the making for the past four years.

Davis said the previous world cup in England in 2015 had allowed Namibia to set a few milestones hence they would want to improve on them.

Namibia lost to Georgia by one point in the process gaining their first ever point for the team at a world cup tournament.

We would want to get that first ever win, we want to improve on what we did last time. We are in a tough group but the boys are ready and they know what is expected of them, he said.

Davis also announced that Renaldo Botham retired from international duty while he had to make tough choices in leaving experienced players like Casper Viviers and Chrysander Botha out of the team.

The squad will be captained by Johan Deysel with TjiueeUanivi is his assistant.

Eugene Jantjies will join a few selected players in the world to feature in his fourth world cup.

Also speaking to the media at the same event, captain Deysel said the players had been looking forward to the announcement of the squad for a long time and nerves had been calmed down.

It is always sad because we have been training as a 50 man squad for the past three months. We had become friends but all of a sudden you notice that some of the friends are missing, it is tough but it is something that as to happen. The players selected are here on merit, and they will produce at the world cup, he said.

He acknowledged that there is a lot of pressure on the team to win adding that they are targeting Canada for victory, but did not rule out them surprising any of their group opponents.

Namibia is in a group B with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, and Canada.a

This will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, and the first time the tournament is held in Asia, and outside the traditional heartland of rugby union.

The Namibian team will depart for Japan on the 12th of September.

Namibia Squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

Forwards

Andre Rademeyer, NeliusTheron, DesideriusSethie, A J de Klerk, Johannes Coetzee, ObertNortje, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, TjiueeUanivi, Johan Retief, Thomasau Forbes, RohanKitshoff , Max Katjijeko, Prince! Gaoseb, WianConradie, P J van Lill, AdriaanBooysen and Janco Venter.

Backs

ClivenLoubser, HelariusKisting, Damian Stevens, Eugene Jantjies, Darryl de la Harpe, Johan Deysel, Justin Newman, J C Greyling, Johann Tromp, Chad Plato, Lesley Klim, Janry du Toit and P J Walters.

Source: Namibia Press Agency