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Namibia national rugby union team

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The Namibian Rugby Union Team, nicknamed the Welwitschias or Biltongboere, is a professional national rugby team. They are a tier-three nation in the International Rugby Board (IRB) tier system, and have participated in four Rugby World Cup competitions since their first appearance in 1999. They are governed by the Namibia Rugby Union.

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 and, more recently, Percy Montgomery. As of 29 July 2013 they are ranked 23rd in the world.[1]

History

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 1989 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 Rugby World Cup 1991. 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.

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.

World Cup Record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
23x15px23x15px 1987 Not invited -
23x15px23x15px23x15px 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
23x15px 1995 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 218 104
23x15px 1999 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 42 186 5 4 0 1 127 78
23x15px 2003 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 28 310 4 3 0 1 197 73
23x15px 2007 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 30 212 6 4 0 2 192 96
23x15px 2011 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 44 266 4 3 1 0 115 58
23x15px 2015 Qualified 7 5 0 2 289 159
Template:Country data JPN 2019 To be determined To be determined
Total 5/8 15 0 0 15 144 974 32 23 2 7 1138 568

Record

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Top 25 Rankings as 1 June 2015[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 11px 23x15px New Zealand 93.70
2 11px 23x15px South Africa 88.23
3 11px 23x15px Ireland 85.76
4 11px 23x15px England 85.40
5 11px 23x15px Wales 84.07
6 11px 23x15px Australia 82.95
7 11px 23x15px France 79.74
8 11px 23x15px Argentina 78.23
9 11px 23x15px Samoa 75.39
10 11px 23x15px Scotland 74.79
11 11px1 23x15px Fiji 74.57
12 11px1 23x15px Tonga 74.12
13 11px2 Template:Country data JPN 73.70
14 11px 23x15px Georgia 72.16
15 11px 23x15px Italy 71.85
16 11px 23x15px United States 67.61
17 11px 23x15px Canada 66.83
18 11px 23x15px Romania 66.23
19 11px 23x15px Russia 64.65
20 11px 23x15px Spain 62.59
21 11px 23x15px Uruguay 62.11
22 11px 23x15px Namibia 58.27
23 11px1 23x15px Chile 57.34
24 11px1 Template:Country data HKG 57.31
25 11px1 Template:Country data KOR 56.70
*Change from the previous week

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Namibia national XV at test level up until 31 March 2015.[4]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Arabian Gulf 1 1 0 0 100% 64 20 +44
23x15px Argentina 2 0 2 0 0% 17 130 -113
23x15px Australia 1 0 1 0 0% 0 142 -142
23x15px Canada 2 0 2 0 0% 24 89 -65
23x15px Fiji 2 0 2 0 0% 43 116 -73
23x15px France 4 0 4 0 0% 59 183 -124
23x15px Georgia 4 1 3 0 25% 57 95 -38
23x15px Germany 2 2 0 0 100% 137 33 +104
Template:Country data HKG 1 1 0 0 100.% 22 12 +10
23x15px Ireland 4 2 2 0 50% 65 117 -52
23x15px Italy 3 2 1 0 66.67% 74 75 -1
23x15px Ivory Coast 4 2 1 1 50% 101 50 +51
Template:Country data KEN 8 6 2 0 75% 382 142 +240
23x15px Madagascar 4 3 1 0 75% 310 84 +226
23x15px Morocco 7 4 2 1 57.14% 133 137 -4
23x15px Portugal 7 5 2 0 71.43% 229 125 +104
23x15px Romania 4 1 3 0 25% 55 95 -40
23x15px Russia 2 0 2 0 0% 27 61 -34
23x15px Samoa 2 0 2 0 0% 25 89 -64
23x15px Senegal 3 3 0 0 100% 68 40 +28
23x15px South Africa 2 0 2 0 0% 13 192 -179
23x15px Spain 3 1 2 0 33.33% 93 77 +16
23x15px Tonga 1 0 1 0 0% 14 20 -6
23x15px Tunisia 8 5 3 0 62.50% 175 138 +37
23x15px Uganda 2 1 1 0 50% 96 33 +63
23x15px Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0% 12 23 -11
23x15px Wales 4 0 4 0 0% 69 171 -102
23x15px West Germany 1 1 0 0 100% 54 7 +47
23x15px Zambia 2 2 0 0 100% 132 20 +112
23x15px Zimbabwe 27 25 2 0 92.59% 943 551 +392
Total 118 68 48 2 57.63% 3493 3067 +426


Current squad

Namibia squad for the 2015 World Rugby Nations Cup.[5]


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Rathony Becker Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 24) 10 23x15px Western Suburbs
Callie Swanepoel Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK 0 23x15px Wanderers
DG Wiese Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 21) 2 23x15px Wanderers
Johan Coetzee Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 27) 0 23x15px Brive
AJ de Klerk Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR 0 23x15px Wanderers
Jaco Engels Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1980-12-17) 17 December 1980 (age 35) 8 23x15px Trustco United
Johnny Redelinghuys Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1984-02-02) 2 February 1984 (age 32) 42 23x15px Wanderers
Casper Viviers Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 27) 7 23x15px Trustco United
Nico Esterhuyse Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1984-03-05) 5 March 1984 (age 31) 31 23x15px Wanderers
Tjiuee Uanivi Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 25) 3 23x15px Brive
Roderique Victor Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 27) 2 23x15px Western Suburbs
Janco Venter Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 21) 2 23x15px Maties
Thomasau Forbes Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 27) 4 23x15px Western Suburbs
Leneve Damens Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1993-05-30) 30 May 1993 (age 22) 0 23x15px Wanderers
Tinus du Plessis (c) Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1984-05-20) 20 May 1984 (age 31) 39 23x15px Wanderers
PJ van Lill Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1983-12-04) 4 December 1983 (age 32) 33 23x15px Dax
Eniell Buitendag Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 26) 10 23x15px Wanderers
Eugene Jantjies Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986 (age 29) 38 23x15px Farul Constanța
Shaun Kaizemi Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1988-06-14) 14 June 1988 (age 27) 3 23x15px Western Suburbs
Theuns Kotzé Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1987-07-16) 16 July 1987 (age 28) 19 23x15px Bourge-en-Bresse
JC Greyling Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 24) 2 23x15px Trustco United
Heinrich Smit Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 25) 6 23x15px NWU Pukke
Danie van Wyk Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 29) 9 23x15px Trustco United
Conrad Marais Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 26) 4 23x15px Béziers
David Philander Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 29) 18 23x15px Spotswood United
Johan Tromp Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 25) 11 23x15px Wanderers
Russell van Wyk Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1990-08-12) 12 August 1990 (age 25) 0 23x15px Western Suburbs

Individual all-time records

Most caps

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Eugene Jantjies Scrum-half 2006–12 36 24 12 33 1 2 7 1 15 20 1 43.05
Johnny Redelinghuys Prop 2006– 36 26 10 15 3 0 0 0 15 20 1 43.05
3. Hugo Horn Hooker 1997–2011 35 28 7 10 2 0 0 0 14 20 1 41.42
4. Tinus du Plessis Flanker 2006– 33 29 4 25 5 0 0 0 15 17 1 46.96
Herman Lintvelt Flanker 1998–2007 33 22 11 40 8 0 0 0 16 17 0 48.48
6. Nico Esterhuyse Lock 2006–11 30 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 18 1 38.33
7. Jacques Burger Flanker 2004–11 29 29 0 20 4 0 0 0 15 13 1 53.44
8. Jaco Coetzee Fly-half 1990–95 28 27 1 335 6 81 45 3 22 5 1 80.35
Cassie Derks Prop 1990–94 28 28 0 4 1 0 0 0 20 7 1 73.21
10. 3 players on 27 caps

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990-1994 27 26 1 118 27 0 0 0
2. Eden Meyer Wing 1991-1996 21 20 1 98 21 0 0 0
3. Melrick Afrika Wing 2003-2007 23 18 5 62 12 1 0 0
Chrysander Botha Fullback 2008- 23 23 0 127 12 14 13 0
5. du Preez Grobler Centre 2001-2008 25 21 4 50 10 0 0 0
Corné Powell Centre 2001-2007 26 24 2 50 10 0 0 0
Riaan van Wyk Wing 2002-2004 10 10 0 50 10 0 0 0
8. Barries Barnard Flanker 1990-1993 22 22 0 36 9 0 0 0
9. 3 players on 8 tries

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Jaco Coetzee Fly-half 1990-1995 28 27 1 335 6 81 45 3
2. Mot Schreuder Fly-half 2002-2007 19 17 2 158 4 42 18 0
3. Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 2011- 11 11 0 143 2 20 26 5
4. Chrysander Botha Fullback 2008- 23 23 0 127 12 14 13 0
5. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990-1994 27 26 1 118 27 0 0 0
6. Rudie van Vuuren Fly-half 1997-2003 14 9 5 109 3 26 14 0
7. Eden Meyer Wing 1991-1996 21 20 1 98 21 0 0 0
8. Emile Wessels Fly-half 2002-2010 18 16 2 94 0 14 21 1
9. Lean van Dyk Fullback 1998-2002 10 10 0 70 3 11 11 0
10. Jaco Kotze Wing 1995-2004 16 14 2 67 7 4 8 0

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Justinus van der Westhuizen Fly-half 33 3 9 0 0 23x15px Zambia 23x15px Windhoek 26/05/2007
2. Jaco Coetzee Fly-half 30 3 6 1 0 Template:Country data KEN Template:Country data KEN Nairobi 07/07/1993
3. Chrysander Botha Fullback 29 2 5 3 0 23x15px Ivory Coast 23x15px Windhoek 27/06/2009
4. Moolman Olivier Fly-half 26 1 11 0 0 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Windhoek 21/04/1990
5. Riaan van Wyk Wing 25 5 0 0 0 23x15px Madagascar 23x15px Windhoek 15/06/2002
6. Gerhard Mans Wing 24 6 0 0 0 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Windhoek 21/04/1990
Mot Schreuder Fly-half 24 0 12 0 0 Template:Country data KEN 23x15px Windhoek 27/05/2006
8. Theuns Kotzé Fly-half 22 0 2 6 0 23x15px Spain 23x15px Windhoek 17/11/2012
9. 3 players on 21 points

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Gerhard Mans Wing 24 6 0 0 0 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Windhoek 21/04/1990
2. Riaan van Wyk Wing 25 5 0 0 0 23x15px Madagascar 23x15px Windhoek 15/06/2002
3. Eden Meyer Wing 20 4 0 0 0 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 16/05/1992
Melrick Afrika Wing 20 4 0 0 0 Template:Country data KEN Template:Country data KEN Nairobi 16/08/2003
5. 11 players on 3 tries

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Gerhard Mans Wing 1990-1994 26 20 5 1 78.84 118 27 0 0 0
2. Corné Powell Centre 2002-2007 13 9 4 0 69.23 25 5 0 0 0
3. Kees Lensing Prop 2006-2009 12 6 5 1 54.16 0 0 0 0 0
4. Jacques Burger Flanker 2007-2011 10 4 6 0 40.00 10 2 0 0 0
Quinn Hough Flanker 1998-1999 10 6 4 0 60.00 25 5 0 0 0

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Youngest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Andre de Klerk (Lock) 18 years and 176 days 23x15px Ivory Coast 23x15px Abidjan 14/06/2009
2. Ryan Witbooi (Wing) 18 years and 342 days 23x15px Zambia 23x15px Nchingola 14/08/2004
3. Morne Louw (Prop) 18 years and 345 days Template:Country data KEN Template:Country data KEN Nairobi 09/09/2006
4. Duimpie Theron Lock 19 years and 128 days 23x15px Ivory Coast 23x15px Casablanca 12/09/1998
5. Eugene Jantjies (Scrum-half) 19 years and 231 days Template:Country data KEN 23x15px Windhoek 27/05/2006
6. Danie Vermeulen (Prop) 19 years and 356 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 01/03/1996
7. Hugo Horn (Hooker) 20 years and 15 days 23x15px Tonga 23x15px Windhoek 24/05/1997
8. Chrysander Botha Fullback 20 years and 20 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 02/08/2008
9. Jaco Coetzee (Fullback) 20 years and 71 days 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Windhoek 21/04/1990
10. Stefan Durand (Wing) 20 years and 81 days 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Bucharest 05/06/2007

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Manie Grobler Prop 38 years and 187 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 16/05/1992
2. Khaki Goosen Flanker 36 years and 103 days 23x15px Wales 23x15px Windhoek 05/06/1993
3. Jané du Toit Prop 35 years and 359 days 23x15px Wales 23x15px New Plymouth 26/09/2011
4. Doug Jeffery (Wing) 35 years and 135 days 23x15px France 23x15px Windhoek 23/06/1990
5. Riaan Jantjies (Scrum-half) 35 years and 29 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 22/07/2000
6. Leon Stoop Scrum-half 35 years and 18 days 23x15px Ivory Coast 23x15px Casablanca 16/06/1994
7. Deon Gouws Wing 34 years and 315 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 14/07/2001
8. Willem Maritz Flanker 34 years and 269 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Windhoek 07/09/1991
9. Cor van Tonder Hooker 34 years and 241 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px Windhoek 17/11/2012
10. Hugo Horn Hooker 34 years and 140 days 23x15px Wales 23x15px New Plymouth 26/09/2011

Last updated: Namibia vs Senegal, 15 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

See also

Notes

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