Our aim is to end third in Zimbabwe: Thompson

19 Apr 2016 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) – The Under-20 national rugby team’s aim this year is to improve their final position at the Under-20 World Rugby Trophy, their coach Roger Thompson says.
The U-20 team left for Zimbabwe on Friday to compete in the World Rugby U-20 Trophy. The event, scheduled to start on Tuesday with eight U-20 national teams participating in two groups, ends on 01 May.
Namibia is selected in Group B along side Hong Kong, Spain and the United States. Their first match will be against the United States on Tuesday morning at the Harare Sports Club.
Speaking to Nampa before the team’s departure on Friday, Thompson said the team has prepared very well and they are looking at finishing third at the end of the 18-day competition in Harare.
“We are going to Zimbabwe to compete. We had good preparation games with the Rugby Premier League clubs in Windhoek and Swakopmund, and they gave the boys a good run.
“Our most exciting game was when we played the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias. Despite losing that game, the boys showed good courage and maturity which will possibly help us if we are to finish third in the competition,” he said.
At the 2015 edition of the World Rugby U-20 Trophy held in Portugal, Namibia finished sixth, while Georgia won the competition.
Namibia’s best finish at the tournament was fifth in 2008 and 2009.
Thompson added that this year, the team is well aware of what they are expected to do and the players are mentally ready to do their country proud.
This is the second time the World Rugby Trophy is hosted in Africa, with the first during 2009 in Kenya.