Namibia name touring squad

Date published: June 2 2015

Namibia have named their squad for their World Cup warm-up matches with no Jacques Burger as it falls outside the release window.

Burger joins the likes of Chrysander Botha, Renaldo Bothma and Thorsten van Jaarsveld in missing out, however those players based in France were included.

The Namibian national team will take their preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to the next level, when they leave for Tunisia and Romania on Wednesday on a three-week tour which will include four international matches. 

Namibia face Tunisia in Tunis on Saturday in an Africa Cup match, then travel to Romania for the annual Nations Cup where they will play three matches against the hosts, Spain and the Argentinean Jaguars respectively.

Namibian coach Danie Vermeulen selected the touring party of 27 players from mostly locally based players, as the next four matches do not fall within World Rugby’s international release window which starts on July 1. 

England based Premiership players, Burger and Botha were not considered while several South African based players, Bothma, Rohan Kitshoff, Johan Deysel, van Jaarsveld and Danie Dames, all have commitments with their franchises and clubs.

Vermeulen could select Namibians playing club rugby in France, they include eighth-man PJ van Lill, flyhalf Theuns Kotze, lock Tjiuee Uanivi, wing Conrad Marais and prop Aranos Coetzee who will make his debut for Namibia. 

"I believe that this is the best team we could select under the circumstances, a number of younger players get another chance to prove themselves," said Vermeulen.

Namibia squad: 

Forwards: Rathony Becker, Aranos Coetzee, AJ de Klerk, Thinus du Plessis, Jaco Engels, Nico Esterhuyse, DG Wiese, Thomasua Forbes, Johnny Redelinghuys, Callie Swanepoel, Tjiuee Uanive, Leneve Damens, PJ van Lill, Janco Venter, Roderique Victor, Casper Viviers.

Backs: Eneill Buitendag, JC Greyling, Eugene Jantjies, Shaun Kazembi, Theuns Kotze, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Heinrich Smit, Johan Tromp, Danie van Wyk, Russell van Wyk.

Namibia’s fixtures leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup:

June 6, Tunis, v Tunisia (Africa 1A)
June 12, Bucharest, v Argentina Jaguars (Nations Cup)
June 17, Bucharest, v Romania (Nations Cup)
June 21, Bucharest, v Spain (Nations Cup)