Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has been named to captain Namibia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The squad includes 13 survivors from Namibia’s unsuccessful 2007 Rugby World Cup, which saw them lose all of their pool matches. 2011 will be Namibia’s fourth appearance at Rugby World Cups.
Only a handful of the players named play professionally in Europe, with the majority playing club rugby in Namibia or South Africa. The local connection should make for a juicy match up when South Africa and Namibia play each other in Albany on 22 September.
While Namibia will be hoping to improve on their 2007 Rugby World Cup record, their tournament has a difficult start with heir first two games against Fiji and Samoa only four days apart.
Johan Diergaardt will coach Namibia at the tournament.
Namibia are in pool D along with South Africa, Wales, Samoa and Fiji, one of the toughest pools in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Namibia opens their 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign against Fiji on the 10th of September at Rotorua International Stadium in Rotorua.
Namibia Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad:
Forwards: Jacques Burger (captain), Egbertus O’Callerghan, Nico Esterhuyse, Hendrik Franken, Hugo Horn, Uakazuvara Kazombiaze, Rohan Kitshoff, Heinze Koll, Raol Larson, Pieters van Lill, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Reaud van Neel, Tinus du Plessis, Johannes Redelinghuys, Johannes du Toit, Marius Visser.
Backs: Johannes Bock, Chrysander Botha, Hendirk Dames, Darryl de la Harpe, Ryan de la Harpe, Eugene Janjties, Theuns Kotze, Tertius Losper, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Llelwellyn Winkler, Daniel van Wyk, Mcgrath van Wyk, Willem van Zyl.