Namibia’s rugby union team is featured in the Rugby World Cup record books, despite only having played in two previous tournaments – their defeat by Australia in 2003 by 142-0 was the biggest ever.
As a proud rugby nation with close links to South Africa (Namibia was formerly known as South West Africa), coach Hakkies Husselman’s squad will be looking to make up for that disappointment this time around.
However, Namibia could be the weakest team in the tournament, having survived a shaky start to the qualifying process in Africa with losses to Kenya and Tunisia, and with France, Ireland and Argentina – 3 of the world’s top 6 teams – they could be on the end of a few more heavy thrashings.
Prop Kees Lensing may be wishing he had stuck it out competing for a place in the South Africa team, having previously won a place in the U21 squad whilst playing for Eastern Province, and having graduated from Stellenbosch University with the likes of Stuart Abbott and Neil de Kock. He now plays for the Bulls, but has proudly opted to represent Namibia (ranked 25th in the world, just behind Korea and Chile) in their World Cup quest.