Namibia Rugby: Rugby World Cup update

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Photo action Louis Van Der Westhuizen ready to throw the lineout during Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B Match between South Africa and Namibia at City Of Toyota Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Toyota , Aichi , Japan. (Photo by Muhammad Amir Abidin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The presence of Namibia Rugby has been a feature of Rugby World Cups since they first qualified in 1999.

They have consistently earned their spot as the African qualifier. The 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup in Japan is their six successive appearance in World Rugby’s showpiece event. Despite their involvement in six tournaments, Namibia have yet to win a match. The closest they have been to tasting success at a Rugby World Cup was a 16 points to 17 loss to Georgia in the 2015 edition in England.

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Rugby World Cup 2019 performances

Italy 47 Namibia 22

The Namibians were a lot more competitive than the Italians were expecting. They kept on clawing themselves back into the game and refused to be “put away”. They were certainly not outclassed and showed that the so-called minnows have a place at the Rugby World Cup, especially if they can deliver an upset.

South Africa 57 Namibia 3

Many pundits were predicting a scoreline closer to the 80 point mark in the Springboks favour. The Namibian team though managed to frustrate the Springboks for long periods during this game


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