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Rugby World Cup 2023: Namibia hoping to finish anticipate first World Cup win


Tjiuee Uanivi
Tjiuee Uanivi (proper) will captain Namibia in opposition to Uruguay within the absence of the suspended Johan Deysel
Venue: OL Stadium, Lyon Date: Wednesday, 27 September Kick-off: 16:45 BST
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Namibia are hoping to finish their 25-game anticipate a primary win on the Rugby World Cup with victory over Uruguay of their remaining Pool A sport on Wednesday.

The African aspect have been knocked out within the pool phases after shedding each sport within the final six tournaments.

They got here closest to a win with a one-point defeat by Georgia in 2015.

Namibia have suffered heavy defeats by Italy, New Zealand and France of their opening three video games in 2023 and face winless Uruguay of their Lyon finale.

Head coach Allister Coetzee mentioned victory over Uruguay may “change quite a bit” for the nation.

“It’s as much as us and the way we’re going to end this one,” mentioned Coetzee.

“The gamers know {that a} sport like this – and what a win means for the nation – can change quite a bit. So we are going to pitch up.

“It is necessary for us to recover from that remaining hurdle.”

Namibia can be aiming for victory with out captain Johan Deysel, who’s suspended after receiving a purple card for a harmful sort out on France captain Antoine Dupont of their 96-0 defeat.

Coetzee says his gamers wish to produce a optimistic efficiency for his or her skipper.

“As a bunch we owe it to him,” he mentioned.

“A optimistic end result would deflect his purple card and the main focus can be on our efficiency. That’s one goal we wish to obtain as properly, make sure that we soften that purple card blow.”

‘Strain’ on Uruguay, says Vilaseca

Uruguay captain Andres Vilaseca says his aspect can not affirm the progress loads of observers really feel they’ve made on the World Cup with no victory over Namibia.

The South American aspect are ranked seventeenth on the planet, with Namibia 4 locations behind within the standings.

It will likely be their first assembly on the World Cup however second of the 12 months after Uruguay gained 26-18 of their final assembly in Montevideo.

“Uruguay have solely gained three video games in all of the historical past of the Rugby World Cup, and this provides maybe some stress on our aspect,” Vilaseca mentioned.

“We should settle for this as there are lots of people speaking in regards to the good performances we’re having at this World Cup.

“Now we have acquired very good messages, too, however the fact is that if we don’t win in opposition to Namibia we would not affirm this nice progress.”

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