Burger Leads Namibia

Saracens loose-forward Jacques Burger will lead an experienced Namibian outfit against New Zealand in their Pool C match, on Thursday evening at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic park in London.  The match 23 includes 10 players with Rugby World Cup experience.  Burger, scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies and loose-forward Tinus Du Plessis will start their third Rugby World Cup tournament when the match against the world champions kicks off at 20:00.

A Further seven players appeared in the 2011 Rugby World Cup tournament in New Zealand.  Namibia head coach Phil Davies says a number of key issues were considered when naming the team:  ‘We want to start building momentum with the rest of the tournament in mind and for each match we will use a 23-man strategy in order to sustain a 80 minute performance required at this level.  We have also looked at the World Cup as a fou-match program and we have full confidence in our 31-man squad to reach our goals.’

This will be the first ever test match between the southern Africans and All Blacks.  The Welwitschias’ match day squad to face the Kiwis is as follows:

15. Johan Tromp
14. David Philander
13. JC Greyling
12. Johan Deysel
11. Conrad Marais
10. Theuns Kotzè (vice-captain)
9. Eugene Jantjies
8. Leneve Damens
7. Tinus Du Plessis
6. Jacques Burger (captain)
5. Pieter-Jan Van Lill
4. Tjiuee Uanivi
3. Johannes Coetzee.
2. Torsten Van Jaarsveld
1. Jaco Engels

16. Louis Van Der Westhuizen
17. Casper Viviers
18. Raoul Larson
19. Renaldo Bothma
20. Janco Venter
21. Rohan Kitshoff
22. Eneill Buitendag
23. Chrysander Botha.