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Allister Coetze has named his Namibia Rugby World Cup squad to take on Italy in Saturday’s opening game.
Former Australia international Richard Hardwick, who won two caps for the Wallabies, starts at No 8 in an experienced line-up for the African side who are searching for a first ever win at a Rugby World Cup.
There are 12 players in the matchday squad from the last World Cup in Japan and even nine who are at their third World Cup having starred in 2015 too.
Namibia team to play Italy
1 Desiderius Sethie
2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
3 Johan Coetzee
4 Adriaan Ludick
5 Tjiuee Uanivi
6 Wian Conradie
7 Johan Retief
8 Richard Hardwick
9 Damian Stevens
10 Tiaan Swanepoel
11 JC Greyling
12 Danco Burger
13 Johan Deysel (c)
14 Gerswin Mouton
15 Divan Rossouw
16 Louis van der Westhuizen
17 Jason Benade
18 Casper Viviers
19 Tiaan De Klerk
20 Prince Gaoseb
21 Jacques Theron
22 Andre van der Bergh
23 Le Roux Malan
Namibia Rugby World Cup squad 2023
The following Namibia Rugby World Cup squad has been named by head coach Allister Coetzee. For a list of all their fixtures with dates and kick-off times check out our Rugby World Cup fixtures here.
Torsten van Jaarsveld
PJ van Lill
Andre van der Berg
Le Roux Malan
Namibia Rugby World Cup Pool
Namibia have been drawn in Rugby World Cup Pool A alongside New Zealand, France, Italy and Uruguay.
The knockout stages will follow the same format as previous years, with teams from Pools A and B then Pools C and D meeting in the quarter-finals. So Namibia could face Scotland in the last eight, for example.
QF1 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
QF2 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
QF3 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
QF4 – Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
Then the semi-finals will be the Winner of QF1 v Winner QF2 and the Winner QF3 v Winner QF4.
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