NRU backs amateur Welwitschias

14 May 2016 18:50pm
GOBABIS, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – The Acting Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) has urged rugby fans to rally behind the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in the 2016 Currie Cup.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Elizma Theron said the team is a “work in progress” and exposure to competitive rugby matches contributes immensely to their development.
“The aim is to get the local players to the same level as the professional players, so it is really going to be a tough year for them. We knew it was not going to be easy,” said Theron.
The Namibians are still bottom of the log in 15th position with zero points.
In their opening game of the Currie Cup on 09 April, the Welwitschias lost by 17 points to 32 against Toyota Free State XV in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In their second game against the Golden Lions in Windhoek, they lost 12-66.
Their third game against the Cell C Sharks XV in Durban, South Africa ended 48-18 for the Sharks and thereafter, the Namibians lost 18 points to 31 against the Eastern Province Kings at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
Last Saturday, they lost by 07 points to 47 against the Steval Pumas in Nelspruit, South Africa.
“I have so much respect and admiration for our amateur players. They really have a tight schedule this year, and despite working full-time they still manage to do well,” Theron said.
The players have regular training sessions at 05h00 in the morning followed by another intensive training session at 18h00.
The NRU CEO also appealed to the corporate sector to sponsor players, amongst others as brand ambassadors, so they can dedicate their time to their rugby careers.
“Every little bit helps, so I also want to appeal to the corporate and private sector that if they see potential in a certain player they must invest in them, and come on board so that we can work as a collective,' she added.
The Welwitschias went up against the ORC Griquas in their sixth game of the 2016 Currie Cup at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.