First game in 20 months for national rugby team

Rudi Bowe

The Namibia’s national rugby will play their first game in nearly 20 months since they played its last Test match against New Zealand at the World Cup in Japan in October 2019.

Namibia’s national rugby team the Welwitschias are in Abidjan, Ivory Coast where they will participate in Pool A of the 2021 Africa Cup tournament that will double as the African qualifiers for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
The Namibian Welwitschias is in Pool A along with Ivory Coast and Madagascar and will open their 2021 Africa Cup assault against host Ivory Coast tomorrow Saturday 3 July before taking on Madagascar on 7 July.
Newly appointed Namibia rugby fifteen head coach/consultant Allister Coetzee who served as South Africa’s senior national team assistant coach between 2004 and 2007 and was part of South Africa’s 2007 world-cup-winning team, will be assisted by former national team interim coaches Robert Dickson, Chrysander Botha as well as Sergio de la Harpe.
The upcoming Africa Cup will be coach Coetzee’s first major assignment with the Welwitschias, who will be gunning for their ninth trophy at the Africa Cup and possible qualification to the 2023 World Cup.
Regular captain Johan Deysel, vice-captain Tjiuee Uanivi, Janco Venter, Wian Conradie, Cliven Loubser, Damian Stevens, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Aranos Coetzee and Louis van der Westhuizen are Namibia’s foreign-based professional players have due to various circumstances been unable to join. While locally based players that were part of the 2019 World Cup, Chad Plato and Justin Newman were also ruled out after being exposed to coronavirus cases.

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