Namibia booked their place once again at the World Cup, but are in a tough group.

Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Winning just one of their four Rugby World Cup pool games would trigger scenes of celebration in Windhoek.

How They Qualified

Namibia qualified for the 2019 World Cup by winning the Rugby Africa Gold Cup this year.

Key Players

With Jacques Burger now retired, there are no household names in the squad. Sharks centre Johan Deysel is captain while lock Tjiuee Uanivi shone at RWC 2015, even stealing two All Blacks lineouts.

Leader: Johan Deysel introduces his team to the president of the Confederation of Africa Rugby Abdelaziz Bougja (Getty Images)

The Coach – Phil Davies

The former Wales forward took charge three years ago and has maintained Namibia’s dominance of the Africa Gold Cup. He does a bit of consultancy on the side, most recently at Nuneaton.

Tough Group: Davies will be leading the Namibia side into a less than ideal 2019 World Cup group (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

The scrum has been an Achilles’ heel against top nations. Higher-calibre fixtures would help development and pulling out of the Currie Cup, for financial reasons, was a setback.

Namibia Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

We will update this section with who Namibia will play as warm-ups for the tournament when they are announced.

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Namibia Rugby World Cup Group

Namibia are in Group B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Canada.

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Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures


Outclassed: Namibia last played New Zealand in 2015, and lost 58-14 (Getty Images)

Namibia Rugby World Cup Squad

Namibia have named their wider training squad for the tournament:

Forwards (28):
Graham April
Jason Benade
Adriaan Booysen
Renaldo Bothma
Reinhardt Carelse
Aranos Coetzee
Wian Conradie
AJ De Klerk
Thomasau Forbes
Prince Gaoseb
Max Katjijeko
Simon Kanime
Rohan Kitshoff
Adriaan Ludick
Ruan Ludick
Obert Nortje
Andre Rademeyer
Johan Retief
Desiderius Sethie
Nelius Theron
Mahepisa Tjeriko
Tjiuee Uanivi
Louis van der Westhuizen
Torsten van Jaarsveld
PJ van Lill
Niël van Vuuren
Janco Venter
Casper Viviers.

Backs (22):
Chrysander Botha
Darryl de la Harpe
Johan Deysel
Janry Du Toit
JC Greyling
Dumarcho Hartung
Eugene Jantjies
Helarius Kisting
Leslie Klim
Cliven Loubser
Oderich Mouton
Justin Newman
Jay-C Olivier
Chad Plato
Macho Prinsloo
PW Steenkamp
Damian Stevens
Johan Tromp
Russel van Wyk
PJ Walters
Gino Wilson
JC Winkler.

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Previous World Cup Results and Record

Namibia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P19 W0 D0 L19

  • 1999 Pool stages
  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages

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