Former Bayonne hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld is a starter with Namibia for his team's entry into the World Cup against Italy on Saturday in Saint-Etienne, according to the team composition communicated on their social networks .
Van Jaarsveld, whose contract with Rowing expired this summer, is participating, at 36, in his third World Cup after the 2015 and 2019 editions. It is also the third World Cup in a row for the captain of Namibia and Colomiers center (ProD2) Johan Deysel, 31 years old.
The “Welwitschias”, which take their nickname from a unique plant from the coastal desert, which has become a national symbol, appear in group A with also France, New Zealand and Uruguay. Present at the World Cup without interruption since 1999, they have never made it past the first round.
The composition of Namibia:
Titulaires: Rossouw - Mouton, Deysel (cap.), Burger, Greyling - (o) Swanepoel, (m) Stevens - Retief, Hardwick, Conradie - Uanivi, Ludick - Coetzee, van Jaarsveld, Sethie
Substitutes: Benade, van der Westhuizen, Viviers, de Klerk, Gaoseb, Theron, van der Berg, Malan