Namibia's preparations underway for Rugby World Cup

11 Apr 2019 15:30pm
REHOBOTH, 11 APR (NAMPA) - With just under six months to go to this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, Namibia’s national team is hard at work and scheduled to play at least 16 matches before the global showpiece.
A media release issued on Monday said Namibia is taking part in the Cape Town Invitational Tournament, where they are facing Under-20 teams from South Africa, Georgia and Argentina.
The tournament started on 02 April and Namibia’s last match will be on 17 April against Georgia.
They lost their first match to Argentina 64-8.
This will be followed by the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, which takes place from 27 April to 22 June. The Welwitschias’ first match will take place in Windhoek against the Golden Lions XV on 27 April at the Hage Geingob Stadium, forming part of the pool which also includes the Blue Bulls XV, Griquas, Griffons, Leopards and Pumas.
It further said, in preparation for the Rugby World Cup the focus of the squad is all about preparing to be Tier 1 Test match ready by 22 September when Namibia play Italy in the opening of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
According to coach Phil Davies the team has four key competition phases in order to get ready. These are the matches in Cape Town, the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and the Nations Cup in Uruguay in June, followed by the African Gold Cup in July. This will hopefully be followed by a home test series in August.
“We have done an exhausting amount of analysis over the past year focusing on game statistics of when Tier 1 play Tier 2 countries. All data gathered is being used to prepare the team in a way that will make us as competitive as possible in the World Cup,” Davies was quoted as saying in the statement.
The statement said the coaching staff have created a four-pillar system focused on the quarters of a match, for example in the first quarter of the match Tier 2 teams on average concede around two scores when playing Tier 1 teams.
Davies said the aim is to build the players’ confidence to go to Japan knowing they are fit and organised to compete against some of the best teams in the world.