Namibia defy odds to qualify for RWC 2015

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Namibia emerged as winners of an astonishing final round of Confederation Africaine de Rugby Division 1A, to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England next year.

Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe beat Kenya 28-10 but the lack of a bonus point for either side meant that the door was left ajar for the Namibians to sneak in and qualify. Still, their task was enormous – not just to beat hosts Madagascar, but to win by 53 points.

Having competed at ever World Cup since 1999, however, clearly spurred them on to not miss out on next year’s tournament, and they ended up crushing Madagascar 89-10, to book their place in Pool C alongside New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.

Zimbabwe’s win over Kenya saw them do enough to enter the Repechage, where they will play Russia for a place in the Repechage final, with the last spot at the World Cup, and a place in hosts England’s pool, up for grabs.

It was a miserable day for Kenya, who looked like making history after winning both of their games so far, including against Namibia, and progressing to their first ever Rugby World Cup. The games were played out in front of the Webb Ellis Cup, which continued its tour around the world in Antananarivo.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools:

Pool A
Australia
England
Wales
Fiji
Repechage winner

Pool B
South Africa
Samoa
Scotland
Japan
USA

Pool C
New Zealand
Argentina
Tonga
Georgia
Namibia

Pool D
France
Ireland
Italy
Canada
Romania

3 thoughts on “Namibia defy odds to qualify for RWC 2015

  1. I can’t see him in the picture, but please tell me that the legendary Jacques Burger had a hand in this?!

  2. I am personally gutted for Kenya, would of been good to see some fresh blood at The World Cup.

  3. Given Namibia once beat Madagascar 116-0 I don’t think that needing to win by 53 points amounts to huge odds

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