Namibia make sweeping changes for Bok clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Namibia coach Phil Davies has made sweeping changes to his team for the Pool B match against South Africa at City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
There are 10 changes from the starting line-up who lost 22-47 to Italy last Sunday.
Only captain Tjiuee Uanivi, Cliven Loubser, JC Greyling, Chad Plato and Johan Tromp return. This is the second-highest number of changes they have made between World Cup matches – the highest being 11 when preparing to face Argentina at World Cup 2015.
Peter John Walters – who became the first player since 2011 to make his test debut for Namibia in a World Cup match when he came off the bench against Italy – will start at inside centre and Eugene Jantjies will extend the Welwitschias’ all-time appearances record to 68.
AJ De Klerk is in the starting XV of a World Cup match for the first time. He has previously featured in three, all coming off the bench.
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Namibia: 15 Johan Tromp, 14 Chad Plato, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Peter John Walters, 11 Lesley Klim, 10 Cliven Loubser, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Adriaan Booysen, 7 Muharua Katjijeko, 6 Thomasau Forbes, 5 Tjiuee Uanivi (captain), 4 Johan Retief, 3 AJ De Klerk, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen,1 Desiderius Sethie.
Replacements: 16 Obert Nortje, 17 Andre Rademeyer, 18 Johannes Coetzee, 19 Prince Gaoseb, 20 Janco Venter, 21 Wian Conradie, 22 Helarius Axasman Kisting, 23 Johan Deysel.
Date: Saturday, September 28
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota City
Kick-off: 18.45 (09.45 GMT; 11.45 SA time; 11.45 Namibia time)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)