Welwithschias coach Danie Vermeulen resigns

26 Jun 2015 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – The head coach of Namibia’s national rugby team, Danie Vermeulen has resigned, less than three months before the start of the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup (RWC) in London.
This was announced in a statement availed to the media by the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) early on Friday.
Vermeulen who was head coach of the Welwitschias since 2012, tendered his resignation on Wednesday, and it was accepted by the NRU Board that same evening.
The union’s president, Bradley Basson thanked Vermeulen for the contributions he made as head coach in the statement.
“We wish to thank Danie for the massive contribution he has made to Namibian Rugby, especially in very difficult times when he saw us promoted from Africa’s 1B division into the A division and last year when he steered the team to victory in the World Cup qualification tournament in Madagascar,“ said Basson.
He said Phil Davies, the team’s technical advisor will take over as head coach in the meantime.
The Welwitschias’ first match in the RWC is on 24 September against New Zealand.
They are scheduled to play two test matches in preparation for the 2015 RWC against Russia on 11 and 18 July.
Both matches will be played at the Hage Geingob Rugby stadium in Windhoek.