World Cup player profiles: Namibia

Date published: September 11 2015

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Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we take a look at all of the players set to feature in England. Next up, Namibia

Forwards: Johannes Coetzee, AJ de Klerk, Jaco Engels, Raoul Larson, Johnnie Redelinghuys, Casper Viviers, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Janco Venter, Tjiuee Uanivi, Renaldo Bothma, Jacques Burger, Wian Conradie, Leneve Damens, Tinus du Plessis, Rohan Kitshoff, PJ van Lill.

Backs: Eneill Buitendag, Eugene Jantjies, Damien Stevens, Theuns Kotzè, Darryl de La Harpe, Johan Deysel, JC Greyling, Danie van Wyk, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Heinrich Smith, Russell van Wyk, Chrysander Botha, Johan Tromp.


CHRYSANDER BOTHA

Full-back    1.88m    78kg    13.07.1988

Botha is currently playing club rugby in England for Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership. The full-back represented the Lions in 2013 and 2014 for their Super Rugby and Currie Cup campaigns. He made his Test bow in 2008 for Namibia and went on to represent them in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


RENALDO BOTHMA

Flanker    1.90m    105kg    18.09.1989

Bothma is currently playing provincial rugby for both the Pumas and Sharks in South Africa, he started his career however with the Lions in 2010. He joined the Pumas in 2012 for two years before heading to Durban where he joined the Sharks for their 2015 Super Rugby season. After the Super Rugby season, he rejoined the Pumas for their Currie Cup season. The 25-year old made his Test debut for Namibia in 2014.


ENEILL BUITENDAG

Scrum-Half    1.86m    99kg    21.07.1989

Buitendag, the son of Namibian rugby legend Basie Buitendag, represented Namibia at Craven Week in 2007. He joined Western Province the following year and played for their U-19 team. He also represented the Stellenbosch University team, Maties, before making his Test debut for Namibia in 2010.


JACQUES BURGER

Loose-forward    1.88m    105kg    29.07.1983

Burger currently plays for Premiership champions Saracens. His domestic career however started in South Africa in 2005 when he represented the Griquas in Currie Cup. In 2008 he signed a two-year deal with the Bulls. He made his Test debut in 2004 against Zambia.


JOHANNES COETZEE 

Prop    1.87m    122kg    14.03.1988

Coetzee currently plies his trade in France playing for Brive. He started out representing South African provincial team, the Leopards in the 2011 Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. The mammoth prop's performances for the Leopards saw him join Racing 92, but a lack of game-time resulted in a move to Brive in 2012. Coetzee was mainly utilised off the bench for Brive as an impact player, producing solid performances, which saw him make his Test debut for Namibia in 2015.


WIAN CONRADIE

Flanker    1.83m    98kg    14.10.1994

Conradie represented Namibia at the 2012 Craven week. He broke onto the scene while representing UJ in the 2015 Varsity Cup, producing staggering performances, which resulted in his Test bow for Namibia in 2015. The youthful talent is a strong ball carrier with an immense work rate.


LENEVE DAMENS

Flanker    1.88m     105kg    30.05.1993

Damens has been based in Namibia since the start of his career playing club rugby for the Wanderers. The young talent produced solid performances for the club, which resulted in his Test bow for Namibia in 2015.


JOHAN DEYSEL

Centre    1.83m    93kg    26.09.1991

The 23-year-old Deysel has excelled for Namibia at inside centre ever since he made his Test debut in 2013 against Kenya. The Windhoek centre will be a force to be reckoned with in the midfield for Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


JACO ENGELS

  Prop    1.86m    118kg    17.12.1980

Currently playing rugby at the Wanderers Club, Engels started out in South Africa with the Leopards in 2003. He briefly played for the Boland Cavaliers before joining the Bulls on a four-year stint in 2006. He featured in the Bulls championship team that won the Currie Cup and also played for them when they made history by becoming the first South African team to win a Super Rugby title in 2007. He made his Test bow in 2013 for Namibia against Senegal at age 32.


JC GREYLING

Centre    1.88m    87kg    21.06.1991

Greyling currently plays provincial rugby for the South African based team, Falcons. In 2010 he joined the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy and completed a two-year course in personal training. In 2013 he joined Wesley Old Boys in Ireland for six months before joining the Falcons in 2014. He made his Test debut for Namibia in 2014.


EUGENE JANTJIES

Scrum-half    1.80m    80kg    08.10.1986

Jantjies currently plays club rugby in Romania for Farul Constanta. His test bow came in 2006 and as a result he represented Namibia in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.


 ROHAN KITSHOFF

Flanker    1.82m    98kg    13.09.1985

Kitshoff is currently playing club rugby for Durbanville-Bellville in South Africa. He started his career at the Boland Cavaliers before joining the  Griquas in 2007 for three years. In 2011 he plied his trade for Western Province in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup, and as a result was handed the opportunity to play for French club, Bordeaux Bègles for two seasons in the Top 14 competition. He returned to South Africa to rejoin Western Province and made his Super Rugby bow in 2013. He made his Test bow in 2010 and represented Namibia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


THEUNS KOTZE

Fly-half    1.81m    90kg    16.07.1987

The versatile Kotze was first noticed while playing rugby in Johannesburg for the university side. He made his Test bow in 2011 and was included in the World Cup squad. Kotze was the talisman for Namibia in the 2011 World Cup as he broke the record for the highest point scorer in a World Cup match for Namibia with 15.


RAOUL LARSON

   Prop    1.85m    120kg    14.05.1984

The 31-year old is currently playing provincial rugby for the SWD Eagles in South Africa. He joined the Boland Cavaliers in 2010 for two years before signing with the eagles in 2012. His Test bow came in the 2011 World Cup against Fiji, which saw him make three appearances for Namibia in the tournament.


CONRAD MARAIS

 Wing    1.93m    100kg    26.04.1989

Marais currently plies his trade playing club rugby in France for AS Beziers. The bulky wing represented South African provincial team, Western Province at youth level befor being snapeed up by the Pumas for their 2010 Currie Cup season. He made his Currie Cup debut for them that same year, but a lack of game time saw him join Montpellier HR in 2011. He had a one-year spell at Montpellier before joining Beziers in 2012. Marais made his Test bow in 2010 and went on to represent Namibia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


DAVID PHILANDER

Utility-back    1.73m    87kg    04.01.1987

Windhoek-bound, Philander made his Test debut in 2008. He started his career at full-back but showed his versatility as he frequently slots in at wing for Namibia. Philander's versatility earned him a spot in the 2011 World Cup team.


JOHNNIE REDELINGHUYS

Prop    1.80m    112kg    02.02.1984

Namibia stalwart, Redelinghuys made his Test debut back in 2006 and went on to represent Namibia at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. He started out playing for South African provincial team, the Cheetahs in 2005 before heading to his native Namibia joining Namibian club, the Wanderers for whom he currently plies his trade.


HEINRICH SMITH

Wing    1.76m     86kg    21.11.1990

Smith furthered his education in South Africa at North-West University and represents their rugby team, the NWU Pukke in the Varsity Cup. The speedster produced staggering performances for the Pukke, which resulted in his inclusion in the Leopards sevens team. Smith made his Test debut for Namibia in 2013.


DAMIEN STEVENS

Scrum-half    1.65m     68kg    02.07.1995

Stevens represented Namibia at the 2011 U-16 Grant Khomo Week before moving to Cape Town the year after. The youthful talent caught the attention of Western Province selectors, which resulted in his inclusion in WP's U-18 Craven Week team. Stevens went on to represent them in the U-19 provincial tournament. In 2015 the nippy scrum-half played for UWC in the Varsity Shield Cup. Stevens made his Test bow in 2015 for Namibia.


JOHAN TROMP

Full-back    1.80m    80kg    23.12.1990

Tromp started his career at scrum-half for Namibia when he made his Test bow in 2012. The 24 year-old has shown his versatlity as he often slots in at full-back for Namibia.


TJIUEE UANIVI

Lock    2.01m    105kg    31.12.1990

Versatile forward Uanivi plays club rugby in France for CA Brive. He made his Test Debut in 2014 against Germany and can play both in the second row and the back row. He first caught the eye playing sevens for Namibia.


JANCO VENTER

Back-row     1.93m     100kg    19.09.1994

Venter represented Namibia at several youth tournaments before heading to South-Africa in 2013 to further his education at the University of Stellenbosch. He soon caught the attention of Western Province selectors and as a result represented them in the 2013 U-19 provincial competition. Venter produced staggering performances, which led to his Test bow for Namibia that same year. In 2015 Venter represented Maties in the Varsity Cup.


CASPER VIVIERS

Prop    1.85m    112kg    01.06.1988

Viviers made his Test debut in 2010 against Spain. The 27-year old has mainly been used as an impact scrummager off the bench.


AJ DE KLERK

Prop    1.85m    137kg    19.12.1991

De Klerk represented Maties in the 2014 and 2015 Varsity Cup producing some excellent performances, which resulted in his Test bow for Namibia in 2015. De Klerk is a big physical prop who is an immensely strong scrummager.


DARRYL DE LA HARPE

Centre     1.83m    87kg    02.10.1986

De La Harpe represented Namibia at youth level before joining South African provincial team the Valke in 2009. He went on to make his first class debut for them during the 2009 Vodacom Cup. The midfielder made his Test bow for Namibia in 2010. He went on to represent them at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, appearing in all four of their pool matches.


TINUS DU PLESSIS

Loose-forward    1.88m    110kg     20.05.1984

The 31-year-old veteran currently plays his club rugby for Wanderers in Namibia. He represented Wasps in 2012 and earned himself five caps. Du Plessis made his Test debut in 2006. He represented Namibia at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups and won a IRB Nations Cup medal in 2010.


TORSTEN VAN JAARSVELD

  Hooker/Falnker    1.75m    106kg    30.06.1987

Namibian-born van Jaarsveld plays rugby in South Africa and was first noticed when he represented Falcons at provincial level. The 30-year-old broke onto the domestic scene when he represented Pumas for five years from 2008 till 2013. He appeared in 73 matches for the Pumas and scored eight tries, which resulted in a contract with the Cheetahs in 2014. Van Jaarsveld made his Super Rugby debut that same year and was also appointed as captain of the Currie Cup team. A remarkable year with the Cheetahs saw him make his Test debut for Namibia in 2014.


PJ VAN LILL

Back-row    1.93m    112kg    04.12.1983

Namibian stalwart, van Lill made his Test debut back in 2006 and went on to represent Namibia at the 2011 Rugby world Cup. He started out playing club rugby in Namibia for the Wanderers before heading to France in 2011 playing club rugby for Aurillac but a lack of game time saw him join US Dax in 2014. He made 21 appearances and scored 3 tries before joining his current club, Bayonne in 2015. Van Lill's experience will be invaluable for Namibia at this year's World Cup.


DANIE VAN WYK

Centre    1.88m    96kg    30.03.1986

The 30-year old currently plays his rugby in Windhoek, Namibia. He first broke onto the international scene when he made his Test debut in 2011. He quickly stamped his authority at outside centre and as a result represented his country for the first time at a World Cup in 2011.


 RUSSELL VAN WYK

Utility-back    1.80m    87kg    12.08.1990

The 24 year-old started his career in Namibia and has made a stern impression with his versatility as he can slot in almost anywhere in the back-line. He made his Test bow in 2015 against Spain.

LOUIS VAN DER WESTHUIZEN

Hooker     1.83m    101kg    25.02.1995

Van der Westhuizen represented Namibia at youth level before joining South-African provincial team the Leopards in 2014. He came through the ranks at the Leopards, representing their U-19 and U-21 teams. The youthful talent made his Test debut for Namibia at the tender age of 18.

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