Playing for the New Zealand team is “an incredible opportunity”, said Namibia captain Johan Deysel on Wednesday, delighted to be able to compete against the All Blacks and to be able to “learn” on Friday (9:00 p.m.) in Toulouse.
“Playing against quality players like the New Zealand team, it's an incredible opportunity for us to not only measure ourselves (against them), but also learn from them and see how the best teams do it. things on the ground,” explained Deysel, during the presentation of the Namibian team in Colomiers, in the suburbs of Toulouse.
For this second match of the tournament, the South African coach of the Namibians, Allister Coetzee, made only four changes in his starting XV compared to the one who opened the ball on Saturday against Italy (52- 8).
Cliven Loubser starts at full-back, Le Roux Malan in the center of the three-quarter line, Prince Gaoseb in the third line and Jason Benade in the left pillar position.
“We knew we were in a group with high-quality international teams, it's not something that scares us but it's something that really excites us,” said Allister Coetzee.
Namibia, which has never won a single match in the World Cup, was placed in Group A, which also includes France and Uruguay.
Composition of the Namibia team: Loubser - Mouton, Deysel (c), Malan, Rossouw - Swanepoel (o), Stevens (m) - Gaoseb, Hardwick, Conradie - Uanivi, Retief - Coetzee, van Jaarsveld, Benade
Replacements: van der Westhuizen, Sethie, Shifuka, Van Lill, Booysen, Katjijeko, Theron, Greyling