Players focusing on RWC preparation

04 Jul 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Welwitschias players say while local rugby at administrative level is going through a tough time, the final countdown to the Rugby World Cup is on.
The team only has two months left to prepare for the show piece.
Airing their views of the drama surrounding the resignation of the coach of the national rugby team, Danie Vermeulen, the players said in a media statement issued on Friday by the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) they want to focus on playing the game, and not side with any individual amongst the coaching and administrative staff.
Vermeulen’s suddent resignation last week came less than three months before the start of the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup (RWC) in London
The NRU has in the meantime appointed former Blue Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw to help train the senior national rugby team for the World Cup.
“As players we’d like to focus on the day-to-day realities of in fact playing rugby at a national level in Namibia today,” read the statement.
The players indicated that most members of the squad are working men with responsibilities of jobs and families, but despite these challenges the team managed to qualify for the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time.
“For our squad, rugby is our passion and playing for our country, a life-long dream and this is a dream that takes a lot of dedication, discomfort and hard work,” it further read.
The players noted that they will not lose perspective “in the heat of all the drama they have been reading about” and that is playing out at a different level, in committee rooms.
“This squad is dedicated to the vision for rugby we committed ourselves to, as local players train daily in the early morning, in the cold hours before work, and late into the evenings after work. They commit weekend after weekend, and often have to take weeks of unpaid leave to travel,” the players said.
Vermeulen has amongst other things indicated that he did not receive the full support of the NRU.