Posted by: theswissjob | August 29, 2007

Who’re we playing?

So it’s a little over a week to go and while everyone is focusing on the two crunch matches at the end of the qualifying stage, namely France and Argentina, I thought I’d better bring you up to speed on one of our other opponents. Now I have to be honest, I didn’t have a clue where Namibia is until starting this post. I’ve learnt a lot in the last five minutes, here’s the important stuff:

Namibia general facts:

  • Population: Roughly 2 million (2.5 people per square kilometre!)
  • Languages: English, German, Afrikaans
  • Currency: Namibian Dollar (10 Nads = 1 euro)
  • Capital: Windhoek

Namibian rugby facts:

  • Currently ranked 24th in the world
  • Rugby Union Founded in 1990
  • Their team is nicknamed the Welwitschias

Head to head:

  • Ireland have played Namibia three time before and suprisingly the Namibians hold a 2-1 record on us:
  • 20/7/1991 – Namibia 15 Ireland 6
  • 27/7/1991 – Namibia 26 Ireland 15
  • 19/10/2003 -Ireland 64 Namibia 7 (RWC)
  • Their last game, a world cup warm up, ended in a thrashing by the Springboks:
  • 15/08/2007 – South Africa 105 Namibia 13

So I don’t want to jinx anything at this early stage but I think it’ll be good to even up the 2-1 advantage they have over us and maybe bag a bonus point for all our effort!

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Responses

  1. I had forgotten about those losses in ’91.

    And then we came within a score of beating Australia in qf of the World Cup that year, only them to go on and win the whole thing.

  2. Being but a pup, I wasn’t even aware of those losses… The more you know, eh.

    P.S. Was it immature of me to instinctively giggle at their national currency? I’m sure it was.

  3. You can never have enough NADs!

  4. ah the great gordon hamilton try !


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