Namibia always keep trying on the pitch, even when the odds are not with them. With Welshman Phil Davies (ex-coach at both Scarlets and Cardiff Blues) in charge as coach, he hopes to put behind them some of the controversy that dogged Namibia’s route to the 2015 qualification. But they played their boots off in their qualifying match beating Kenya 89 -10! Sadly their first match against the Kiwi’s is likely to go mostly all New Zealand’s way, but other pool matches against Georgia for example, are likely to show how this team like to just keep battling.
Captain: Jacques Burger
Player to Watch: For this one, it has to be the Captain. Despite his spell at Saracens resulting in some less than happy results for me as a Bath supporter, I cannot help but be impressed by his highly effective tackling. Combine this with the inspirational position he holds for his team members – he will be the one to watch.
Dates of Pool Matches:
Thursday 24th September vs New Zealand – Kick off 20.00 – Olympic Stadium
Tuesday 29th September vs Tonga – Kick off 16.45 – Sandy Park, Exeter
Wednesday 7th October vs Georgia – Kick off 20.00 – Sandy Park, Exeter
Sunday 11th October vs Argentina – Kick off 12.00 – Leicester
For more details on Namibia Rugby: http://www.namibianrugby.com
For full details follow: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com
What to Eat & Drink whilst watching the Welwitschias
There is some great beef in Namibia as the cattle live mainly off Savannah grass so is very natural. Other types of meat are increasingly popular such as venison and ostrich so meat BBQs known as Braaivleis are the order of the day. Odd Fact: Britain actually imports more Namibian BBQ charcoal than any other country but please do check that it is FSC certified to protect the workers who produce it.
If you want to be authentic, try cooking potjiekos, a spicy stew of meat, chicken or fish, which is traditionally cooked in three-legged pot over an open fire.
Although it might be difficult to find in the UK, Namibian olive plantations (including the Kalamata olives) are increasing – so keep an eye out for them in the future.
Germanic influence is also strong in Namibian cooking today – and nowhere more so than cakes where Black Forest gateaux and Apple Strudel turn up with delicious regularity.
Namibians share a love of neighboring South African snacks such as biltong and droewors (a spicy dried sausage) as well as Landjäger, a smoked pork and beef sausage. Visit these guys on line who have great Rugby World Cup snack packs: http://www.simplyafricanfood.co.uk
There is not much of it produced in Namibia, most wine comes in from neighbouring South Africa. But there are a handful of courageous producers battling the climate. http://www.neuraswines.com is one such example – the name of the estate means “place of the abandoned water” – so do look out for their Shiraz if you can.
Namibia has its Germanic history to thank for a thriving and award winning beer industry. As far back as 1516, the Duke of Bavaria passed a purity law, which is still respected today in Namibia, so that beers are made using only malted barley, hops and water with no chemical additions.
Windhoek is the most well-known brand and is available in http://www.waitrose.com