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Published: 12:36PM Wednesday April 27, 2011 Source: ONE Sport

  • Namibia's Kenes Lensing at the 2007 World Cup (Source: Photosport)
    Namibia's Kenes Lensing at the 2007 World Cup - Source: Photosport

Namibia (Pool D)
Best World Cup Performance: Pool Phase (1999, 2003, 2007)
Last World Cup: Pool Phase
Current IRB Ranking: 22
TAB Odds: $5,000

World Cup Pedigree
Since qualifying for their first World Cup in 1999, Namibia has failed to win a single match. In 2003 they were on the wrong end of the biggest World Cup hiding in history, losing to hosts Australia 142-0 in Adelaide.

Road to the World Cup
Namibia confirmed their place at New Zealand 2011 with a 40-23 aggregate win over Tunisia to seal the African spot.

Recent Form
In June's IRB Nations Cup in Romania, Namibia failed to defend their 2010 title. They were narrowly beaten by the hosts 13-10 in their opening match before snatching a 29-23 win over 2007 World Cup qualifiers Portugal. In their final match Namibia went down 23-18 to finish fourth in the six-nation competition.

Star Players - Jacques Nieuwenhuis: The South African born number eight is among a handful of Namibian players who ply their trade professionally in Europe with second division French club Stade Aurillac. The busy loose forward scored a try against Ireland at the 2007 World Cup before suffering the indignity of being sent off against France. 

Something you probably didn't know
2007 World Cup winner and the leading point-scorer in France four years ago, former Springbok Percy Montgomery, was born in Namibia.

Chances of winning the World Cup
None and it's hard to see the team known as the Welwitschias breaking their World Cup duck in New Zealand. Pool D shapes as the group of death with World Champions South Africa, Wales, Fiji and Samoa all shaping as daunting prospects for the African minnows.  

Namibia's World Cup Squad

Johannes Bock, Chrysander Botha, Hendirk Dames, Darryl de la Harpe, Ryan de la Harpe, Eugene Janjties, Theuns Kotze, Tertius Losper, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Llelwellyn Winkler, Daniel van Wyk, Mcgrath van Wyk, Willem van Zyl
: Jacques Burger (capt), Egbertus O'Callerghan, Nico Esterhuyse, Hendrik Franken, Hugo Horn, Uakazuvara Kazombiaze, Rohan Kitshoff, Heinze Koll, Raol Larson, Pieters van Lill, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Reaud van Neel, Tinus du Plessis, Johannes Redelinghuys, Johannes du Toit, Marius Visser.

Namibia's World Cup History

1987 World Cup New Zealand/Australia 
- Didn't qualify

1991 Rugby World Cup UK/Ireland/France 
-Didn't qualify

1995 World Cup South Africa  
-Didn't qualify

1999 World Cup UK/Ireland/France   
01 Oct 1999: Fiji beat Namibia 67-18 in Beziers (Pool C)
09 Oct 1999: France beat Namibia 47-13 in Bordeaux (Pool C)
14 Oct 1999: Canada beat Namibia 72-11 in Toulouse (Pool C)

2003 World Cup Australia  
14 Oct 2003: Argentina beat Namibia 67-14 in Gosford (Pool A)
19 Oct 2003: Ireland beat Namibia 64-7 in Sydney (Pool A)
23 Oct 2003:  Australia beat Namibia 142-0 in Adelaide (Pool A)
01 Nov 2003: Romania beat Namibia 37-7 in Launceston (Pool A)

2007 World Cup France/UK   
09 Sep 2007: Ireland beat Namibia 32-17 in Bordeaux (Pool D)
16 Sep 2007: France beat Namibia 87-10 in Toulouse (Pool D)
23 Sep 2007: Argentina beat Namibia 64-7 in Marseille (Pool D)
29 Sep 2007: Georgia beat Namibia30-0 in Marseille (Pool D)

Most Appearances: Heino Senekal - 10 matches
Highest Point Scorer: Lean van Dyk (3 matches - 22 points - two conversions, six penalties)
Top Try Scorers: Du Preez Grobler, Quinn Hough, Hakkies Husselman, Eben Izaacs, Mario Jacobs, Bratley Langenhoven, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Corne Powell, Attie Samuelson, Heino Senekal, Piet van Zyl - 1 try