Burger to captain Namibia

Date published: October 15 2014

Saracens flanker Jacques Burger will captain Namibia against Canada on November 7 in the first of three games on their European tour.

Saracens back-row Jacques Burger is to skipper Namibia against Canada on November 7 in the first of three matches on their tour of Europe.

Namibia coach Danie Vermeulen has named six new caps, including Free State Cheetahs captain and hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, in his squad.

The other five players who will make their debut for the Welwitchias are prop Franklin Bertholini, hooker Niel Rautenbach, centre JC Greyling, Tjiuee Uanive and Russel van Wyk.

The squad, scheduled to leave for Wales on November 2, has a wealth of talent in the loose-forward department spearheaded by Burger, who captained them at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The team would also be able to draw on the experience of Western Province’s Rohan Kitshoff, PJ van Lill doing duty for Dax in France, and former Wasps back-row Tinus du Plessis.

In total the squad features four players involved in the Currie Cup, four based in France as well as two players with experience in the English Premiership.

Namibia’s 29-man squad

Forwards: Rathony Becker, Franklin Bertholini, Morne Blom, Jacques Burger, Tinus du Plessis, Jaco Engels, Nico Esterhuyse, Thomasua Forbes, Rohan Kitshoff, Niel Rautenbach, Johnnie Redelinghuys, Andre Schlechter, PJ van Lill, Tjiuee Uanive, Casper Viviers, Torsten van Jaarsveld.

Backs: Chrysander Botha, Eneill Buitendag, Danie Dames, Darryl de la Harpe, Ryan de la Harpe, Johan Deysel, JC Greyling, Shaun Kaizemi, Theuns Kotze, Malcolm Moore, David Philander, Johan Tromp, Russel van Wyk.