Windhoek — The Namibian Under-20 rugby team’s players on Monday received their national colours to take part in the 2014 International Rugby Board’s (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament in Hong Kong.
The team, led by captain Awie Thompson, will depart for Hong Kong via Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. The tournament kicks off next Monday, and ends on 19 April.
Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president Bradley Basson encouraged the young players to be disciplined at all times as they are the ambassadors of their country, parents, family and themselves.
Speaking during the colours’ ceremony here, he said a lot of damage was done in the past to Namibian rugby, and it will take a lot of time to restore the confidence of stakeholders in the sport.
“It is time we start to restore stakeholders’ confidence on the rugby field. That is where we are judged, and where it matters the most,” he told the players.
Basson added that the union’s administration, finances and books can be in top shape, but if players do not play rugby the way they should, then they are heading for a disaster.
Namibia will play against Canada, Uruguay and Japan in Group B. Group A comprises Tonga, Georgia, the United States of America and hosts Hong Kong.
Namibia’s participation in the IRB junior tournament was made possible by various sponsors, ranging from the government to the private sector as well as private individuals.
The full team members are Corne Agenbag, Graham April, Reinhold Benade, Ethan Beukes, Handre Bezuidenhout, Ascher Coetzee, Immo Dresselhaus, Quinton Esterhuizen, Louis Grobbelaar, Justin Newman, G-D Orlam, Rudi Pieters, Desmond Stramis, Wicus Swiegers, Louis van der Westhuizen, Awie Thompson (captain), Chris Arries, Wian Conradie, Stefan de Klerk, Donovan Kandjii, Malan Kruger, Johan Retief, Thorsten Stahn, Janco Venter, Dian Wiese and JC Winkler.
The team will be accompanied by an NRU management team, as well as coaches Jan Dames and Roger Thompson.
Courtesy of allafrica.com
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