Namibia prepares for World Cup

With just under six months to go before this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Welwitschias are hard at work and are scheduled to play 16 to 19 matches before the global showpiece.

15 April 2019 | Sports

Starting with the Cape Town Invitational Tournament, Namibia faces the U/20 teams from South Africa (in Cape Town late yesterday afternoon), Georgia and Argentina. This is followed by the eagerly anticipated SuperSport Rugby Challenge taking place between 27 April and 22 June. Zimbabwe also participates in the competition for the first time.

The Welwitchias' first match in Windhoek is against the Golden Lions XV on 27 April at the Hage Geingob Stadium. Both form part of the pool which also includes the Blue Bulls XV, Griquas, Griffons, Leopards and Pumas.

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup, the squad's focus is all about preparing to be Tier 1 Test match ready by September, when Namibia plays Italy in the opening of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Other competition phases include the Nations Cup in Uruguay in June followed by the African Gold Cup in July and then hopefully a home test series in August.

According to head coach Phil Davies, they have done an exhausting amount of analysis over the past year focusing on game statistics of Tier 1 play Tier 2 countries. “All data gathered is being used to prepare the team in a way that will make us as competitive as possible come the World Cup,” he said.

The preparation is aimed at building a game model and the principles that are based on physical, mental, technical and tactical performance, in order to improve performance. The preparation will be focused around controlling and building on each performance. “The aim is to give the players a huge amount of confidence going to Japan knowing they are fit and organized to compete against some of the best teams in the world,” Davies added.

The model created will be tested under pressure when Namibia competes in all four competitions where consistent performance should be achieved leading into peak performance in time for the Rugby World Cup.

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