Saturday, November 27, 2010

TEST RUGBY: Namibians in Spain

Namibia v Spain in Palma de Mallorca


Venue: Estadio Principes de Espana

Referee: Joao Mounnha (Portugal)

The IRB is continuing its ambitious programme of cross-continental international rugby amoung tier 2 and 3 nations. Namibia, Canada and the USA are currently touring Europe.

These two teams have never meet before in international test rugby 15s.

New Spanish coach has made a number of changes from the 22-60 loss to Canada two weeks ago. I suspect he is still trying out new players as he seems to have well and truly swept the cupboard out. Lots of new combinations to be created so I guess it is experimental time before the serious business of the European Nations Cup come February.

Namibia were well short of the mark against Portugal. More time together as a team both socially and in training will improve them. They may still catch the Spanish under prepared

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Namibia 19th, Spain 32nd

IRB Ranking Points
Namibia 62.69, Spain 57.51

Prediction: Namibia by 7 points



15. Mathieu Peluchon (FC Auch, France)
14. Diego Gorosito Álvarez (VRAC Quesos Entrepinares)
13. Javier Canosa (CRC Madrid)
12. Bruno Angulo (Club Aubenas Vals, France)
11. Sergi Aubanell (ASM Clermont Auvergne, France)
10. Martín Heredia (Costa del Sol)
9. Sebastien Rouet (FC Lourdais, France)
8. Matthew Cook (La Vila)
7. Martín Aceña (La Vila)
6. Gauthier Gibouin (Bourdeaus Begles, France)
5. Federico Negrillo (Bizkaia Gernika)
4. Jesús Recuerda (Lille Metropole, France)
3. Jesús Moreno (Leeds Carnegie, England)
2. Benat Auzqui (US Tyrosse, France)
1. Ion Insausti (St Jean de Luz, France)
16. Rodrigo Martínez (La Vila)
17. Stephan Vitalla (FC Oloron, France)
18. Victor Acevedo (U.E. Santboiana)
19. Alejandro Ortega (CR Ciencias )
20. Hernan Quirelli (CR La Vila)
21. Andoni Jorajuria (Biarritz Olympique, France)
22. Remi Delgardo (?)
Head Coach: Regis Sonnes

Not Selected from Squad
Victor Gomez (CRC Madrid)
Ignacio Gutiérrez Muller (VRAC Quesos Entrepinares)

Not selected from squad v Canada
Mattin Auzqui (US Dax, France)
David Barrera (Stade Montois, France)
Pierre Belzunce (US Colomiers, France)
Mathieu Cidre (US Carcassonne, France)
Damien Elgoyhen (Saint Medard, France)
Santiago Fernández (Alcobendas)


Namibia Squad
Morné Blom (United)
Jacques Bock (Reho Falcons)
Chrysander Botha (Kurdus)
Jacques Burger, Capt. (Saracens RFC, England)
Collin de Koe (Reho Falcons)
Daryl de la Harpe (Western Suburbs)
Ryan de la Harpe (Mosely RFC, England)
Sergio de la Harpe (Western Suburbs)
Adriaan du Plessis (Reho Falcon)
Tinus du Plessis (?)
Jané du Toit (Villagers RFC, South Africa)
Nico Esterhuizen (Boland, South Africa)
Shaun Esterhuizen (United)
Eugene Jantjies (Western Suburbs)
Antony Jevu (Rehoboth)
Rohan Kistoff (Griqualand West, South Africa)
Heinz Koll (Wanderers)
Conrad Marais (Pumas, South Africa)
Jacques Nieuwenhuis (Stade Aurillac, France)
Egbartus O’Callaghan (North West University RFC, South Africa)
Johnnes Redelinghuys (Wanderers)
PJ van Lill (Wanderers)
McGrath van Wyk (Western Suburbs)
Russel van Wyk (Reho Falcons)
Willem Van Zyl (Burgoin, France)
Marius Visser (Border, South Africa)
Casper Viviers (Agen, France)
Godwin Walters (Western Suburbs)
Head Coach: Johan Diergaardt

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