Namibia national rugby union team

The Namibian rugby union team represents Namibia in the Rugby Union. The team is classified as a national of the third category by the International Rugby Board (IRB ). The nickname of the team is Welwitschia, one in the Namib Desert growing plant.

Behind Namibia South Africa is one of the strongest representatives of Africa in the Rugby Union.


Rugby is played in Namibia since 1916, and was introduced by the South Africans during their mandate rule. The first international match against the British and Irish Lions on July 5, 1955 they lost narrowly 0:9. Before Namibia gained its independence in 1990, it played as South West Africa with the South African Currie Cup, scoring with a third place in 1989 his best result. In addition, it is not uncommon to this day that was born in Namibia player for South Africa accrues. The best examples of January Ellis and Percy Montgomery apply.

Then the own association was founded in March 1990, which the International Rugby Board joined in the same month. However, this was still too late to participate in the qualification for the Rugby Union World Cup in 1991. In the first year of independence the team went in all ten Test playing win the game, including wins against Ireland and Italy, which were considered to be much stronger.

1995, they then started for the first time in qualifying for the Rugby Union World Cup, but the team failed in the second and final Qualifiakationsrunde short of the Ivory Coast.

In qualifying for the Rugby Union World Cup 1999, the Welwitschia could qualify for the first time for the World Cup. There, they were showered with significant losses to the teams of Fiji, Canada and France. The only bright spot of the tournament was an early attempt ( try ) against France, who brought the team up to 20 minutes of play a balanced game.

With a narrow victory over Tunisia is also qualified for the Rugby Union World Cup 2003., Where the team had like four years before leaving for four very distinct defeats against Australia, Ireland, Argentina and Romania in the first round.

In two hard fought matches against the selection of Morocco to Namibia qualified for the third time in a row for a world championship, which took place in France in 2007, but could not win a single victory.

The greatest successes so far achieved the national team with the victory of the IRB Nations Cup in Romania in 2010 and winning the Rugby Union - Africa Championships in 2002, 2004 and 2008 /09.

At the World Cup 2011 all games were lost in the preliminary round Group D.

International success

World Championships

The Namibian national team took part in four previously Rugby Union World Championships. She was so far in all the World Cup in the IRB world rankings, the lowest -rated team. They did not win a game and therefore was in all appearances each group last. One of the best games include the preliminary round match in the World Cup 2011 against Fiji, which the team lost 25:49.

African Cup of Nations

  • 2000:
  • 2001:
  • 2002: 1st place
  • 2003: 2nd place
  • 2004: 1st place
  • 2005:
  • 2006: 2nd place
  • 2007: Preliminary Round ( 2nd Place South, Group A )
  • 2008-2009: 1st place
  • 2010:
  • 2011: resigned
  • 2012: 6th place

IRB Nations Cup

  • Not participated: 2006 IRB Nations Cup in Portugal
  • 2007 in Romania Romania participated
  • In Romania Romania 2008: did not participate
  • Not participated: in Romania Romania 2009
  • 2010 in Romania Romania: 1st place
  • 2011 in Romania Romania: 4th place
  • 2012 in Romania Romania: not participated
  • Not participated: in Romania Romania 2013

Vodacom Cup

  • 2010 Vodacom Cup in South Africa South Africa: penultimate place
  • 2011 IRB Nations Cup in South Africa South Africa: the last place


The specified squad based on the nomination for the Rugby Union World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.

Junior & Ladies

The junior team of Namibia reached in 2008 and 2009 Junior World Rugby Trophy in the 5th Place. When JWRT 2013 Namibia scored the eighth and last place.