Namibia made history on Sunday by defeating Uruguay for the first time 30-28 in Montevideo in the World Rugby Nations Cup. Fans who want to watch the live action of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.
It is the first win that the African side has had over a Rugby World Cup team since 2010, and was won in style with a last minute penalty from fly-half Cliven Loubser.
Namibia has played international Rugby since the 1900s. As well as having competed at the RWC, Namibia annually competes in the Africa Cup. Until individuality, players for Namibia were also eligible to represent South Africa, with Namibian-born Springboks including Jan Ellis. As of May 28, 2018, they are ranked 24th in the world.
Although the fly-half closed the win, it was number eight Janco Venter who had the greatest effect, scoring two tries, including a blistering run down the wing.
Namibia is in Pool B this coming Rugby World Cup in September alongside reigning champions the All Blacks, 2-time champions South Africa, Italy, and Canada. They would not be predictable to win a game in this group, but that does not mean that they will not have players that make outstanding contributions.
Venter currently plies his trade with Championship side Jersey Reds, but the World Cup offers a chance for players to impress some big clubs across the world. In the past, the World Cup has proven to be a way that players in Tier Two nations can showcase their talents against rugby’s elite, and we have already been given a glimpse of what to expect.
Jacques Burger is probably the most notable Namibian to play in the Premiership, forging a name for himself as one of the hardest players in the league while with Saracens. The World Cup could open the door for some of his compatriots to make a similar move.
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