NRU and German rugby teams meet German Ambassador

28 Oct 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU)’s Chief Executive Officer Sybrand de Beer and the coaching staff of Germany’s national rugby team met with the German Ambassador to Namibia, Onno Hueckmann here on Tuesday.
With about 11 months to go before the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Cup gets underway in England, the NRU has organised a game for Namibia’s Welwitschias against the German team.
This match will be played at the Hage Geingob Stadium at 19h00 on Wednesday.
Entrance to the stadium will be N.dollars 10 for children and N.dollars 50 for adults; while Very Important Person (VIP) tickets will be sold for N.dollars 100 and VVIP tickets for N.dollars 250.
During the courtesy call, NRU Board member Hans Hashagen said the match will be very important for both teams as it will serve as preparation for the World Cup, and will help strengthen the bond between the two teams.
“We can also create a better working relationship with the German Rugby Union, going forward,” said Hashagen.
German coach Hans-Joachim Wallenwein said playing Namibia will serve as good preparation because his team does not get enough games back home.
“We always have a problem calling up our team because players live in different cities and as an association, we find it hard to get them together for games.
But coming to Namibia is good preparation as we will be playing away from Europe, and that is a completely different experience for the team.
We are looking forward to giving it our all on Wednesday night,” he enthused.
The coach added that he brought a team made up of a mix of experienced and young players.
Hueckmann wished both teams well for the game, and wished Namibia well for their World Cup preparations.
“I know both teams have a tough journey ahead of them.
I hope whatever is learned or gained from this game will help both teams, and with Namibia preparing for the World Cup, I hope this will be a good test for you as you have been drawn in a very tough group for the World Cup,” he said.
Namibia is drawn in Pool C with New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.
They have been regular campaigners at previous World Cups.