Namibia national rugby union team

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Namibia
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Nickname(s)Welwitschias
Emblem African fish eagle
Union Namibia Rugby Union
Head coach Allister Coetzee
Captain Johan Deysel
Most caps Eugene Jantjies (68)
Top scorer Theuns Kotzé (344)
Top try scorer Gerhard Mans (27)
Home stadium Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current23 (as of 14 March 2021)
Highest18 (2017)
Lowest29 (2006)
First international
South West Africa 0–9 British and Irish Lions
(Windhoek, Namibia; 5 July 1955)
Biggest win
Flag of Namibia.svgNamibia 118–0 Tunisia  Flag of Tunisia.svg
(Windhoek, Namibia; 23 June 2018)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 142–0 NamibiaFlag of Namibia.svg
(Adelaide, Australia; 25 October 2003)
World Cup
Appearances6 (First in 1999 )
Best resultPool stage, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019
Website www.namibianrugby.com

The Namibia national rugby union team represents Namibia in men's international rugby union competitions nicknamed the Welwitschias, are a tier-two nation in the World Rugby tier system, and have participated in five Rugby World Cup competitions since their first appearance in 1999. They are governed by the Namibia Rugby Union.

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Namibia has been playing international rugby since the early 1900s. As well as having competed at the World Cup, Namibia annually competes in the Africa Cup. Until independence, players for Namibia were also eligible to represent South Africa, with Namibian-born Springboks including Jan Ellis. As of 21 September 2020, they are ranked 24th in the world. [1]

History

1990s

Rugby union has been played in Namibia since 1916 when it was introduced by soldiers from South Africa who had invaded the German-run colony.

Before Namibia gained its independence in 1990, the team, as South West Africa, played in South Africa's domestic club competition, the Currie Cup. The team achieved their best result in the 1988 season, where they finished third.

The Namibia Rugby Union was formed in March 1990, and it joined the International Rugby Board in the same month. Independence came too late for Namibia to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Hardened by regular, tough competition in the Currie Cup, the first few years of Namibian rugby union were relatively successful, their highest point being 2–0 home series victories over Ireland and Italy in 1991. That year the Welwitschias won all 10 of their Tests, the others being five victories against Zimbabwe and one against Portugal in Lisbon. One of Namibia's players, Andre Stoop was signed by English champion rugby league club, Wigan.

During the international seasons Namibia played six games; the first of which was a 55–23 win over Zimbabwe. Following another victory over Zimbabwe, in 1993 Namibia played Wales in Windhoek, losing 23–38. Namibia completed big victories over the Arabian Gulf rugby team, Kenya and Zimbabwe in the initial rounds of 1995 Rugby World Cup qualifying.

Russia toured Namibia in 1994, defeating the home team 31–12 in Windhoek. Although Namibia defeated Zimbabwe that year, the team lost to Côte d'Ivoire and drew with Morocco (all in Casablanca). In 1996 Namibia played two matches; losing 13–15 to Zimbabwe, and then defeating them by one point in a subsequent meeting. They played two games in 1997 as well, losing to Tonga and Zimbabwe.

During 1998 Namibia took part in the African tournaments for 1999 Rugby World Cup qualification. They started out in Round 3, where they finished second in the pool behind Zimbabwe on points difference (defeating Zimbabwe but losing to Tunisia). Namibia defeated Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco and Zimbabwe to qualify for the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

The team's participation was put in doubt when the Namibian government's Sports Commission barred the team from participating in a South African competition it had been using as preparation, and threatened to stop the team from taking part in the World Cup. This followed criticisms from non-white rugby clubs that the Namibian Rugby Union displayed racist attitudes. [2] Ultimately, however, the team were allowed to take part.

The 1999 World Cup marked their debut at the tournament and since then they have been Africa's second representative alongside South Africa. While they suffered heavy defeats by France, Fiji and Canada, they took pride in scoring an early try and being level with France after 20 minutes.

2000–present

However, with a small player base, and lacking frequent or strong competition, the team has deteriorated in recent years. Their record in the World Cups has been poor as they have not yet managed a win. Their record defeat, 142–0 against Australia in the 2003 tournament, led to some questioning the presence of the minor teams at the tournament.

Namibia initially struggled in the qualifiers for the 2007 tournament, suffering a shock defeat to Kenya, their first ever to the African Great Lakes nation, and another to Tunisia. Following the Kenya loss, the Namibian squad slumped to 28th in the IRB rankings. However, after defeating Tunisia at home, the team was effectively through to two deciding matches against Morocco, to determine which of the two African nations would make it to France in 2007. Namibia convincingly won both legs, qualifying for the World Cup.

As the lowest ranked team at the start of the 2007 World Cup, Namibia was given no chance in its opening game of against Ireland. However, the Namibian squad frustrated Ireland, then the 5th ranked team in the world, and scored two tries for its narrowest World Cup loss of 17–32. They were convincingly beaten in their games with Argentina (63–3) and France (87–10). And, in the game in which they were seen as having the best chance to win, they suffered a disappointing 30–0 loss to Georgia, to end the tournament winless.

The African side was able to win the IRB Nations Cup in 2010.

Namibia achieved their fourth World Cup qualification in a row after defeating Côte d'Ivoire in 2011. They were drawn into Pool D, with South Africa, Wales, Fiji and Samoa. Their first match in the Rugby World Cup, held in New Zealand (at the Rotorua International Stadium) resulted in a defeat by Fiji by 45–29. Their second match in this tournament was a 49–12 loss to Samoa but the third was an 87–0 loss to South Africa. In their final pool game, Wales proved to be too strong, as Namibia conceded 12 tries in an 81–7 defeat. Theuns Kotzé provided his side's one consolation, as his conversion of a Heinz Koll try made him Namibia's all-time highest Rugby World Cup points scorer.

The Welwitschias played the 2015 Vodacom Cup, collecting six defeats and one win against the Limpopo Blue Bulls. Namibia qualified for their fourth Rugby World Cup in 2015. They were placed in Pool C with New Zealand, Georgia, Tonga and Argentina. They managed to lose to Georgia by a single point (17-16), their best result ever and winning their first bonus point at the competition.

They qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the sixth time by winning the Rugby Africa Gold Cup and joined pool B along with South Africa, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. [3]

Wins against Tier 1 nations

15 June 1991 Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg17-7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek  
22 June 1991 Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg33-19Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek  
20 July 1991 Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg15-6IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek  
27 July 1991 Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg26-15IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek  
16 June 2010 Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg23-20Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland XV Flag of Romania.svg Bucharest  

South West Africa Record vs Touring Teams

Before independence Namibia played as South West Africa and played touring teams who toured South Africa. [4]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 30210.00%2871–43
British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British and Irish Lions 40400.00%2269—47
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 211050.00%6648+18
Flag of France.svg  France 20110.00%1948—29
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 20200.00%343–40
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1100100.00%1100+110
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1100100.00%3822+16
Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia 615016.67%58136–78
Total21415219.05%344437–93
DateScoreTouring TeamVenue
5 July 1955 0–9British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British and Irish Lions Mabel Vlok Park, Windhoek
11 July 19593–19Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia Otjiwarongo
8 July 1960 3–27Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand South West Stadium, Windhoek
27 July 1961 14–14Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia South West Stadium, Windhoek
12 June 1962 6–14British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British and Irish Lions South West Stadium, Windhoek
31 July 1963 6–24Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia South West Stadium, Windhoek
13 June 196415–6Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia South West Stadium, Windhoek
13 March 19663–19Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia Hartsfield Stadium, Bulawayo
15 June 1968 0–23British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British and Irish Lions South West Stadium, Windhoek
21 September 19688–34Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia South West Stadium, Windhoek
1 September 1969 8–33Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia South West Stadium, Windhoek
4 July 1970 0–16Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand South West Stadium, Windhoek
8 June 1971 6–35Flag of France.svg  France South West Stadium, Windhoek
18 May 1974 16–23British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg  British and Irish Lions South West Stadium, Windhoek
17 June 1975 13–13Flag of France.svg  France South West Stadium, Windhoek
7 May 197715–22Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia South West Stadium, Windhoek
29 October 198330–33Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Santiago
5 November 198338–22Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Montevideo
24 October 198836–15Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Santiago
3 November 1988110–0Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Ascuncion

Record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 5 July, 2021 [5]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.85
5Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.13
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Steady2.svgFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.10
25Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 059.04
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 056.16
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Namibia's historical rankings

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Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 10 May 2021 [5]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Namibia national XV at test level up until 7 July 2021. [6]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Arabian Gulf 1100100.00%6420+44
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 30300.00%36194–158
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 10100.00%0142–142
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 20200.00%2489—65
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 20200.00%43116–73
Flag of France.svg  France 20200.00%23134—111
Flag of France.svg  France XV 20200.00%3649—13
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 514020.00%73112—39
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2200100.00%13733+104
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 1100100.00%2212+10
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 422050.00%65117–52
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 422050.00%96122—26
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 623133.33%12798+29
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1192081.82%544201+343
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 541080.00%36294+268
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 852162.50%196144+52
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 20200.00%23129–106
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 862075.00%258148+110
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 615016.67%66158–92
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 725028.57%141183–42
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 20200.00%2589—64
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 4400100.00%16340+123
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30300.00%16249—233
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 615028.57%120172—52
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 20200.00%3555–20
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 1183072.73%368159+209
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 541080.00%24494+150
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 413025.00%112142-30
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 40400.00%69171-102
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1100100.00%547+47
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 2200100.00%13220+112
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 32293090.63%1198665+533
Total1598868255.35%49444213+731

    Current squad

    Namibia named a 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on 2 September. [7]

    Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
    Obert Nortjé Hooker (1997-04-17)17 April 1997 (aged 22)17 Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Seawolves
    Louis van der Westhuizen Hooker (1995-02-25)25 February 1995 (aged 24)21 Flag of South Africa.svg Cheetahs
    Torsten van Jaarsveld Hooker (1987-06-30)30 June 1987 (aged 32)16 Flag of France.svg Bayonne
    Aranos Coetzee Prop (1988-05-14)14 May 1988 (aged 31)24 Flag of South Africa.svg Free State Cheetahs
    AJ de Klerk Prop (1987-12-09)9 December 1987 (aged 31)31 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    André Rademeyer Prop (1998-06-24)24 June 1998 (aged 21)6 Flag of England.svg Yorkshire
    Des Sethie Prop (1992-12-09)9 December 1992 (aged 26)13 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Nelius Theron Prop (1997-01-29)29 January 1997 (aged 22)7 Flag of South Africa.svg Leopards
    Johan Retief Lock (1995-10-10)10 October 1995 (aged 23)10 Flag of South Africa.svg Leopards
    Tjiuee Uanivi Lock (1990-12-31)31 December 1990 (aged 28)33 Flag of France.svg Massy
    PJ van Lill Lock (1983-12-04)4 December 1983 (aged 35)52 Flag of France.svg Valence Romans
    Adriaan Booysen Loose forward (1996-05-17)17 May 1996 (aged 23)7 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Sabercats
    Wian Conradie Loose forward (1994-10-14)14 October 1994 (aged 24)19 Flag of the United States.svg Dallas Jackals
    Thomasau Forbes Loose forward (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 30)19 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Prince ǃGaoseb Loose forward (1998-07-07)7 July 1998 (aged 21)3 Flag of England.svg Yorkshire
    Max Katjijeko Loose forward (1995-04-08)8 April 1995 (aged 24)15 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia Lions
    Rohan Kitshoff Loose forward (1985-09-13)13 September 1985 (aged 34)45 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Janco Venter Loose forward (1994-09-19)19 September 1994 (aged 25)28 Flag of England.svg Saracens F.C.
    Eugene Jantjies Scrum-half (1986-08-10)10 August 1986 (aged 33)71 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    TC Kisting Scrum-half (1994-01-13)13 January 1994 (aged 25)10 Flag of Romania.svg Baia Mare
    Damian Stevens Scrum-half (1995-06-02)2 June 1995 (aged 24)27 Flag of the United States.svg New Orleans Gold
    Cliven Loubser Fly-half (1997-02-24)24 February 1997 (aged 22)17 Flag of England.svg Yorkshire
    Darryl de la Harpe Centre (1986-10-02)2 October 1986 (aged 32)51 Flag of England.svg Yorkshire
    Johan Deysel (c) Centre (1991-09-26)26 September 1991 (aged 27)23 Flag of France.svg Colomiers
    Justin Newman Centre (1995-02-17)17 February 1995 (aged 24)16 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Janry du Toit Centre (1996-08-26)26 August 1996 (aged 23)3 Flag of Uruguay.svg Peñarol Rugby
    JC Greyling Wing (1991-06-21)21 June 1991 (aged 28)35 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Lesley Klim Wing (1995-01-16)16 January 1995 (aged 24)13 Flag of Jersey.svg Jersey Reds
    PJ Walters Wing (1993-04-23)23 April 1993 (aged 26)2 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Chad Plato Fullback (1998-04-21)21 April 1998 (aged 21)4 Flag of Namibia.svg Welwitschias
    Johann Tromp Fullback (1990-12-23)23 December 1990 (aged 28)43 Flag of Russia.svg Strela

    Individual all-time records

    Most caps

    #PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDropWonLostDrawWin %
    1. Eugene Jantjies Scrum-half 2006–201970462472315813534150.71
    2. Chrysander Botha Fullback 2008–20185553220928151303420162.72
    3. Tinus du Plessis Flanker 2006–2016524484080002724152.88
    4. PJ van Lill Flanker 2006–present5134173570002525150.00
    5. Darryl de la Harpe Centre 2010–201950391150100002525050.00
    6. Johnny Redelinghuys Prop 2006–20154931182550002226145.91
    7. Rohan Kitshoff Flanker 2010–present453114110220002421053.33
    8. Johann Tromp Centre 2012-present4334995190002419055.81
    9. Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 2011–present4035543061105552119052.50
    10. Casper Viviers Prop 2010–present37289510002116056.75

    Last updated: 06 October 2019 [8]

    Most tries

    #PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
    1. Chrysander Botha Fullback 2008–2018555322092815130
    2. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990–19942726111426000
    3. Rohan Kitshoff Flanker 2010–present45311411022000
    Eden Meyer Wing 1991–19962120110222000
    5. JC Greyling Centre 2014–present3528710521000
    6. Johann Tromp Centre 2012–present433499519000
    7. Melrick Afrika Wing 2003–2007231856212100
    8. David Philander Centre 2008–2017302375511000
    9. Darryl de la Harpe Centre 2010-20195039115010000
    Du Preez Grobler Centre 2001–2008252145010000
    Corné Powell Centre 2001–2007262425010000
    Riaan van Wyk Wing 2002–2004101005010000

    Last updated: 06 October 2019 [9]

    Most points

    #PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
    1. Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 2011–present403554306110555
    2. Jaco Coetzee Fly-half 1990-199528271335681453
    3. Chrysander Botha Fullback 2008–2018555322092815130
    4. Cliven Loubser Fly-half 2017-present17152169452150
    5. Mot Schreuder Fly-half 2002-200719172158442180
    6. Rudie van Vuuren Fly-half 1997-200315105120327170
    7. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990-19942726111426000
    8. Rohan Kitshoff Flanker 2010-present45311411022000
    9. JC Greyling Centre 2014–present3528710521000
    10. Eden Meyer Wing 1991-19962120110222000

    Last updated: New Zealand vs Namibia, 06 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

    Most points in a match

    #PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
    1. Justinus van der Westhuizen Fly-half 333900Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 26/05/2007
    2. Jaco Coetzee Fly-half 303610Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Flag of Kenya.svg Nairobi 07/07/1993
    3. Chrysander Botha Fullback 292530Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 27/06/2009
    4. Moolman Olivier Fly-half 2611100Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 21/04/1990
    Cliven Loubser Fly-half 262800Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Flag of Morocco.svg Casablanca 30/06/2018
    6. Riaan van Wyk Wing 255000Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 15/06/2002
    Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 251440Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 18/07/2015
    8. Gerhard Mans Wing 246000Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 21/04/1990
    Mot Schreuder Fly-half 2401200Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 27/05/2006
    Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 2401200Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 06/07/2014

    Last updated: New Zealand vs Namibia, 06 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

    Most tries in a match

    #PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
    1. Gerhard Mans Wing 246000Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 21/04/1990
    2. Riaan van Wyk Wing 255000Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 15/06/2002
    3. Eden Meyer Wing 204000Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 16/05/1992
    Melrick Afrika Wing 204000Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Flag of Kenya.svg Nairobi16/08/2003
    Renaldo Bothma Number 8 204000Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Flag of Kenya.svg Nairobi06/07/2014
    Rohan Kitshoff Flanker 204000Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 08/07/2017
    JC Greyling Centre 204000Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 23/06/2018
    Lesley Klim Wing 204000Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Flag of Namibia.svg Windhoek 23/06/2018
    9.15 players on 3 tries

    Last updated: New Zealand vs Namibia, 06 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

    Most matches as captain

    #PlayerPosSpanMatWonLostDraw%PtsTriesConvPensDrop
    1. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990–199426205178.8411426000
    2. Jacques Burger Flanker 2007–201517710041.17255000
    3. Corné Powell Centre 2002–20071394069.23255000
    4. Rohan Kitshoff Flanker 2014–present1284066.667515000
    Kees Lensing Prop 2006–20091265154.1600000
    6. Quinn Hough Flanker 1997–19991165054.54255000
    PJ van Lill Flanker 2012–20151174063.63102000

    Last updated: New Zealand vs Namibia, 06 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

    See also

    Notes

    1. Rugby World Rankings
    2. Chris Hewett (29 April 1999). "Rugby Union: England bucks the global growth trend". The Independent.
    3. Tremlett, Sam (13 October 2019). "Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide". Rugby World. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
    4. Stats
    5. 1 2 "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
    6. Namibia rugby statistics
    7. "Jantjies on verge of fourth tournament". rugbyworldcup.com. Rugby World Cup. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
    8. "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Test matches - Player records". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
    9. "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Test matches - Player records". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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    Canada national rugby union team Mens rugby union team

    The Canada national rugby union team represents Canada in men's international rugby union competitions and it is governed by Rugby Canada, and play in red and white. Canada is classified by World Rugby as a tier two rugby nation. Canada competes in competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup.

    Rugby World Cup records have been accumulating since the first Rugby World Cup tournament was held in 1987.

    Ivory Coast national rugby union team National rugby union team of Ivory Coast

    The Ivory Coast national rugby union team, nicknamed Les Éléphants, participates in the annual Africa Cup and are considered a third tier rugby team.

    Portugal national rugby union team

    The Portugal national rugby union team, nicknamed Os Lobos, represents Portugal in men's international rugby union competitions. The team as well as all rugby union in Portugal is administered by the Federação Portuguesa de Rugby. Portugal qualified for their first Rugby World Cup in 2007 where they were grouped in Pool C along with New Zealand, Italy, Romania and Scotland. They are nicknamed Os Lobos, Portuguese for "The Wolves".

    Morocco national rugby union team

    The Morocco national rugby union team are a national sporting side, representing Morocco in rugby union. The team is also known as the Atlas Lions. Morocco is governed by the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Rugby. Morocco competes in the Africa Cup annually. The team has won the competition in 2003 and 2005. They usually play their internationals in Casablanca.

    Rugby union in Namibia

    Rugby union in Namibia is a popular team sport in Namibia and its predecessor province of South West Africa. Because Namibia was formerly ruled by South Africa, rugby in Namibia was frequently influenced by events in that country and its domestic competition.

    Throughout August 2007, various teams prepared for the Rugby World Cup in France with a short series of test matches, primarily in the Northern Hemisphere and involving the RBS Six Nations sides. In addition, South Africa played one test in Scotland following the 2007 Tri Nations and Argentina one test in their home country and one in Wales. The tests were effectively a replacement for the usual Autumn international series in November which does not take place in World Cup years.

    2019 Rugby World Cup ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup

    The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It was hosted in Japan from 20 September to 2 November in 12 venues all across the country. The opening match was played at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, with the final match being held at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. This was the first time that the tournament had taken place in Asia and outside the traditional Tier 1 rugby nations.

    Eugene Jantjies Rugby player

    Eugene Jantjies is a Namibian rugby union scrum-half, currently playing for the Welwitschias.

    Theuns Kotzé Rugby player

    Theuns Andries Willem 'Worsie' Kotzé is a Namibian international rugby union player, currently playing with the Welwitschias in South African domestic rugby. He is a utility back that can play as a scrum-half, fly-half or fullback, but is best known for playing as a fly-half for Namibia in the Rugby World Cup tournaments in 2011 and 2015.

    2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup

    The 2013 Pacific Nations Cup rugby union tournament was held between five national sides in the Pacific Region: Canada, Fiji, Japan, Tonga, and USA.

    The 1999 South Africa Sevens was an annual rugby sevens tournament that took place at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch between 10–11 December 1999. It was the first edition of the South Africa Sevens with it being the second leg of the 1999–2000 World Sevens Series. Sixteen teams competed in the tournament and were divided into four groups of four with the top two teams qualifying for the quarter-finals.