Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Venue: The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
The highest ranked team at this tournament meets the lowest. The result could be a cricket score. But I think not. That New Zealand will win is without a doubt but two factors will contribute to the score being large but not a century.
Firstly, Namibia has improved considerably since the last World Cup. They were never humiliated in 2011 but despite a largely semi-professional side they have certainly put in the hard work this year. They have played nine tests leading up to this tournament.
Secondly, New Zealand will start with a second XV look. Combinations wont be as crisp and they have a new captain for the day, Sam Cane. However, the bench includes three test centurions who could well create a nightmare late in the game if ‘things go wrong’ which they wont.
Last Five Encounters
These two teams have never met before in a test match.
Previous World Cups
These two teams have never met before at a World Cup.
New Zealand Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
20.09.2015 v Argentina W 26-16 in London (World Cup, Pool C)
15.08.2015 v Australia W 41-13 in Auckland (Bledisloe Cup)
08.08.2015 v Australia L 19-27 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup, Rugby Champ.)25.07.2015 v South Africa W 27-20 in Johannesburg (Rugby Championship)17.07.2015 v Argentina W 39-18 in Christchurch (Rugby Championship)
Namibia Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
15.08.2015 v Zimbabwe W 80-6 in Windhoek (Africa Cup 1A)
08.08.2015 v Kenya W 46-13 in Windhoek (Africa Cup 1A)
18.07.2015 v Russia W 43-5 in Windhoek
11.07.2015 v Russia W 39-19 in Windhoek
21.06.2015 v Spain L 3-20 in Bucharest (World Rugby Nations Cup)
GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: New Zealand 5th, Namibia 18th
World Rugby Ranking Points
New Zealand 92.89, Namibia 61.85
Prediction: New Zealand by 71 points. Score 86-15
15 Colin Slade, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito,
7 Sam Cane (Capt.), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano,
3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Benjamin Franks.
16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Tony Woodcock, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Ma'a Nonu, 23 Benjamin Smith.
Head Coach: Steve Hansen
15 Johan Tromp, 14 David Philander, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Johan Deysel,
11 Conrad Marais, 10 Theuns Kotzè, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Leneve Damens,
7 Tinus du Plessis, 6 Jacques Burger (Capt.), 5 Pieter-Jan van Lill, 4 Tjiuee Uanivi, 3 Johannes Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Jaco Engels.
16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Casper Viviers, 18 Raoul Larson, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Janco Venter, 21 Rohan Kitshoff, 22 Eneill Buitendag,
23 Chrysander Botha.
Head Coach: Phil Davies