Redelinghuys to become first Namibian to win 50 caps

11 Oct 2015 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – Welwitschias prop Johnnie Redelinghuys will this weekend become the first Namibian player to earn 50 caps for his country after being named in the squad for Sunday.
The Welwitschias will play their final Pool C match this Sunday against Argentina in Leicester in the United Kingdom, where the Rugby World Cup is taking place.
The 31-year-old won his first cap for Namibia on 09 September 2006 against Kenya in Nairobi.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Saturday by NRU officials attending the event quoted Redelinghuys, who was named on the bench for the match, as saying it is a huge honour to become the first Namibian player to reach such a milestone.
“I am really looking forward to the match, it is an incredible honour to play 50 tests for my country and it will also be my last. I owe it to my family to spend time with them, before this I had very little time for them between traveling to training and my work. I feel it is the right time to go and I will do so with wonderful memories,” he said.
Sunday’s match will be Redelinghuys’ 11th appearance in a Rugby World Cup match equaling the record for Namibia held by Jacques Burger and Hugo Horn.
Welwitschias head coach Phil Davies was also quoted in the statement as saying there is not a player more deserving of this honour than Redelinghuys.
“I got to know Johnnie well over the last 12 months. His commitment to Namibian rugby has been incredible given his personal circumstances. Many times he leaves home at 04h00 in the morning to be at training at 05h00. Then after a full day’s work he drives hundreds of kilometres from a construction site somewhere to be at the evening training sessions. I thank him for this and wish him all the very best for the match,” said Davies.
The Welwitschias have thus far played three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
In their first match of the tournament against defending champions New Zealand, they lost 14-58 and in the second game they lost 21-35 to Tonga. Namibia lost 16-17 to Georgia.
Their last match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be on Sunday at 13h00 against Argentina.