Photo : Darryl de la Harpe in action against Kenya (The Namibian)
NAMIBIA’s planned friendly match against Kenya this coming weekend is now definitely off.
Namibia Rugby Limited (NRL) on Tuesday issued a press release stating that the team had been submitted too late for approval by World Rugby.
“Despite the NRL submitting the selected team and travelling party to the NRU for approval, the submission thereof to World Rugby did not meet the approval date. With changes made by the NRU, any submission now will be too late as the match was planned for Saturday, 21 October 2018, taking into consideration preparation, travel time, air fare as well as medical requirements for travelling to Kenya, like Yellow Fever vaccines,” it said.
This follows a recent request from World Rugby for a friendly match between Kenya and Namibia. The planned game would have been covered by World Rugby and the Kenyan Rugby Union (KRU), with the aim of the match to ensure that the national team was in top form for the upcoming November tour in Europe which has been confirmed.
The selected squad submitted for approval would of seen the following:
Jason Benade, Adriaan Booysen, Chrysander Botha, AJ De Klerk, Darryl De La Harpe, Janry du Toit, Thomasau Forbes, Thomas Kali, Cameron Langenhoven, Ruan Ludick, Adriaan Ludick, Justin Newman, Obert Nortje, Mahco Prinsloo, Andre Rademeyer, Desiderius Sethie, Pieter Steenkamp, Damian Stevens, Mahepisa Tjeriko, Johannes Tromp, Daniël van Vuuren, Riaan van Zyl and Wihan von Wielligh.
The team would have been accompanied by assistant coach, JP Nel; team manager, Irvin Newman; and physiotherapist, Innis Erasmus.
The already confirmed national team is set to kick off their three-week tour of Europe against Russia on 10 November, Spain on 17 November, and Portugal on 24 November. The tour is scheduled by World Rugby for all participating countries that have qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Story : The Namibian