Uganda players attempt to tackle a Namibian opponent in a past match/photo/courtesy

Namibia to rely on home based players in 2019 World Cup qualification

Namibia Rugby 15s head coach Phil Davies reckons that home based players will play a pivotal role as his side plots for a sixth consecutive Africa Gold Cup crown. 
This year’s Africa Gold Cup is special in the sense that the first ranked side automatically qualifies for the 2019 global showpiece slated for Japan and Davies is aware of the importance of players who ply their trade at the South African nation.
“We believe that home-based Namibian players provide the heartbeat of the National team, therefore we have implemented a plan in our National Academy to increase the number of quality home-based players participating in the Super Sport Rugby Challenge and the Currie Cup competitions has been a huge help in this development,”the tactician is quoted by the Namibia Rugby Union portal.
“Namibia Rugby has introduced 25 new players at senior level over the past two years, including many of our outstanding Under 20 players through a succession plan, which now boasts over 112 players that clearly identifies the spine of our squads for RWC 2019 & 2023,”he added.
“Despite the hefty challenge we are confident that we have developed and assembled a very strong squad with the relevant talent, mental strength and depth to meet those challenges,”concluded Davies.
Namibia get their World Cup qualification campaign underway with a home fixture against Uganda on Saturday 16th June before hosting Tunisia 7 days later.
They will then travel to Marrakech for a date with Morocco on 30th June after which Zimbabwe awaits them on 4th August in Bulawayo.
Their final fixture is against the Kenya Simbas on 18th August at the Have Geinghob stadium in Windhoek.



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