2019 Rugby World Cup

SuperSport viewers on DStv will be licking their lips at the prospect of the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Japan, with the ninth edition of the global tournament taking place from 20 September to 2 November.

Tournament build-up available on DStv Access from 9-19 September and live matches available on SuperSport 1.

The great news for faithful MultiChoice subscribers is that the build-up to the World Cup from 9 to 19 September will be available on DStv Access, giving a wider range of people the chance to enjoy the atmosphere and anticipation of a great tournament to come.

While the Springboks are Africa’s top team and genuine contenders for the title at Japan 2019, the continent will also be represented by Namibia. The Welwitschias will be appearing at their sixth successive World Cup, having first appeared at the tournament back in 1999.

Though Namibia have yet to win a match at the RWC, they enter the 2019 edition in high spirits. They enjoyed a perfect record in Round 3 of last year’s Africa Gold Cup, winning all five of their matches against Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Morocco to secure qualification for Japan 2019.

Coached by Phil Davies (a player who racked up 46 caps for Wales and represented the country at the 1987 and 1991 World Cups), Namibia will target their final Pool B match against Canada on October 13 in Kamaishi as a chance to win their first match at a RWC (their other opponents will be Italy, South Africa and New Zealand).

The Welwitschias will be captained by French-based centre Johan Deysel (following the shock retirement of captain Renaldo Bothma just before the 31-man squad was named earlier this week) and feature veteran scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies, who will be appearing at his fourth World Cup. In fact, their squad features no less than 15 players that have previous experience at the RWC.

“With less than 900 players who play domestic rugby in Namibia, to make the World Cup finals is an amazing testimony to this group of players,” said Davies. “We have grown from an average age of 31 at the last World Cup to just over 24 this time but we have more test caps. [...] We need to use that knowledge to be a competitive as possible in all the pool games.”

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