A Vodacom Bulls coach has been hired by former Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee to help Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign. At the Rugby World Cup, Coetzee’s Namibia is in Pool A together with the hosts France, championship contenders New Zealand, Italy, and Uruguay. Rugby World Cup fans can buy Rugby world cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

Coetzee has enlisted the aid of one of the Vodacom Bulls assistant coaches to assist South Africa’s neighbours in navigating this difficult group. Pine Pienaar will join Namibia, reported the Sunday tabloid, Rapport. His deal with the Vodacom Bulls won’t be extended after the current campaign.

Allister Coetzee to help Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign.
Allister Coetzee to help Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign.

Pienaar will oversee Namibia’s RWC 2023 defensive tactics, playing a similar role to the one he does in Pretoria. In Namibia, I serve as an assistant coach with a focus on defence. I am excited about it. Any player or coach desires to be able to attend the World Cup, Pienaar told Rapport.

Welwitschias take on the Simbas

Tomorrow at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek. The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will host the Kenyan Simbas to continue their Mzansi Challenge campaign.  On a national level, Namibia Rugby World Cup has recently had an advantage over Kenya.

The Mzansi Challenge is a development competition for indigenous athletes, and while the Welwitschias have only utilised domestic athletes with little international experience, it is unknown how many foreign athletes will be on the Kenyan squad.

The Welwitschias are sixth on the ten-team log with seven points, and the Simbas are ninth with four points. Both teams have only recorded one victory and are at the bottom of the standings. Since it began at the end of March, the event has seen some setbacks due to several alterations and last-minute substitutions among participating teams and locations.

The Israeli club Tel Aviv Heat and the Spanish club Diables de Barcelona were initially scheduled to play, but they withdrew at the last minute, forcing the addition of the American team San Clemente Rhinos as a replacement.

The tournament has also been impacted by financial issues, particularly for Kenya, who had to postpone their home matches in Nairobi to establish a base in the Western Cape where they have played their games thus far.

Simbas have only played three games

Even though the Simbas have only played RWC three games—two of which were postponed—they have been competitive despite having only one victory.  After their first two games were postponed, they began their season against the San Clemente Rhinos at the Strand in the Western Cape, where they were defeated 33–22.

Their first victory of the season came last week when they defeated the Border Bulldogs 30-26 in Cape Town. After this, they suffered an 18-7 loss against Eastern Province in Port Alfred.  The Welwitschias, in contrast, have played six games and have lost five of them. On April 14 in Harare, they defeated the Zimbabwe Goshawks, 31-26.

However, been fiercely competitive, and with some luck, they may have taken home more victories.  They battled the San Clemente Rhinos to the bitter end before losing 25-24 in Windhoek before falling 26-21 to the Border Bulldogs in East London.  

Their lone significant loss came against the Valke 48-24 in Windhoek a month ago.  But since then, the squad has developed, and a few players have been caught. The attention of coaches to press their claims for forthcoming international matches.

The Rugby World Cup, which will be held in the Uruguay RWC squad at the end of July. They will be the Namibia Rugby World Cup first international match of the year. There, they will face off against Chile, the hosts, and Argentina. Rugby World Cup fans can buy Uruguay Vs Namibia Tickets from our website.

Before the commencement of the Rugby world cup, the national team wants to receive a few more home tests against nations like the United States and Spain, according to coach Allister Coetzee.

Battle of the titans as Namibia Rugby World Cup face Kenya
Battle of the titans as Namibia Rugby World Cup face Kenya

RWC match points

With his all-around attacking style and reliable boot, Andre van der Berg has excelled at flyhalf and is now third among the competition’s leading scorers.  Keagan Fortune of the Valke is second on the list with 55 points, followed by Adriaan van der Bank of the SWD Eagles with 65 points, and Van der Berg with 45.

Van der Berg, meanwhile, ranks sixth on the list of most penalties but tops the record for most conversions with eight.  Henrique Olivier is anticipated to take over as flyhalf tomorrow in Van der Berg’s absence due to a knee injury he suffered against the Leopards last weekend.

Max Katjijeko, Johan Luttig, and Captain Prince are among the players who have impressed with their high effort rates during the campaign! Goaseb is among the forwards and centre Danco Burger is among the backs to push their cases before a vital international season that will conclude with the RWC 2023 in France in October.

The Nations Cup, which will be held by Uruguay at the end of July. They will be Namibia’s first international series of the year. There, they will play against the hosts as well as Chile and an Argentina XV.

Allister Coetzee, the national team’s coach, also stated before the world cup. He kicked off that they are aiming to get a few more home tests against countries like the United States.

Battle of the titans as Namibia Rugby World Cup face Kenya

The matchup will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal contest. In which the Namibians defeated this year’s hosts, Kenya, 16-5. They will once more be aiming for a similar result and hoping to advance to the championship game.

Joe Corne Losper, the captain of the Namibia Rugby World Cup, squad told Rugby Africa’s media team that his side’s 20-12 victory against Zambia in their tournament opener last weekend was a tremendous morale booster and put them in a terrific position to face today’s encounter with great hope.

Namibia Rugby World Cup organizers seek the Bulls coach.
Namibia Rugby World Cup organizers seek the Bulls coach.

We have been watching our game on video to analyse what went wrong and where we might make improvements. [Playing against Kenya] will be an exciting match; this time, we’ll try a new strategy. A significant part will be played by examining some of their games. As well as working on ours and how we will adjust, according to Losper.

Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 team undertook a short training session. Yesterday at the Impala Club to get ready for the game. While there, they had the opportunity to speak with members of the Rugby Africa officiating panel. Which is headed by renowned referee Rasta Rasivhenge. Coach Ryan Clinton Alexander of the Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 squad. I think they are better adaptable to Nairobi’s weather now.

We’ve been focusing on the weather because the game versus Zambia was so challenging. I believe that any team would have found it difficult to even put together plays. But we have practised what we can do in both dry and rainy weather circumstances, Alexander continued.

Today is semi-final

Zimbabwe and Tunisia will square off in the other semi-final game today. Rugby Africa hosts the Barthés Trophy, an annual RWC union competition that includes national U/20 teams from Africa.

Pienaar will oversee Namibia's RWC 2023 defensive tactics
Pienaar will oversee Namibia’s RWC 2023 defensive tactics

Namibia RWC squad won the 2007 event, which was held in Uganda as the host nation.  The winning team advances to the World Rugby Junior Championship, which will be held the following year.

The Covid-19 epidemic forced the postponement of the 2020 competition. Nairobi will host the event for the fourth time; has previously held the 2019, 2021, and 2022 editions.

Eight of the top U/20 teams from throughout Africa have entered this year’s competition. They will compete for the RWC Junior Trophy, which will also be held in Nairobi in July of this year.

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