Namibia reveal squad to face Kenya Simbas in Rugby Africa Cup final

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Namibia Head Coach Allister Coetzee has named his squad that will face Kenya Simbas on Sunday in the Rugby Africa Cup final which will determine who qualifies for the World Cup directly from Africa.

The final scheduled for 10:00 PM East African Time will see nine players who were part of the 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup start.  The nine are  Thorsten van Jaarsveld, Johan Retief, Wian Conradie, Janco Venter, Adriaan Booysen, Daman Stevens, Cliven Loubser, Johan Deysel, Greyling and Louis van der Westhuizen.

Prince Gaoseb who was also part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been named on the bench.

French Colomiers centre Deysel retains his role as an outside centre and captain with Danco Burger starting as the inside centre. Deysel captained the side to the 2019 World Cup and the opening two matches of the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup.

Gershwin Mouton who represented Namibia in the Junior World Rugby Trophy starts on the left wing with  2015 and 2019 World Cup member Greyling starting on the right wing.

The fullback slot has Golden Lions and former Blue Bulls back  Divan Rossouw. Stevens and playmaker Loubser retain their scrum-half and fly-half roles.

Windhoek Draught Welwitschias prop Des Sethie starts in the front row alongside French Top 14 Bayonne’s hooker van Jaarsveld and Aron Coetzee who plays for Free State Cheetahs .

Boland Cavaliers lock Adriaan Ludick and Retief start in the second row.  Former English Premiership players Wian Conradie and Venter are in the back row.  Immediate former Saracens loose-forward Venter is on the open flank with Conradie a former Gloucester on the blind side.

The last time Kenya Simbas played Namibia they lost 60-24.

Namibia: 1. Des Sethie 2. Thorsten van Jaarsveld 3. Aranos Coetzee, 4. Adriaan Ludick, 5. Johan Retief, 6. Wian Conradie 7. Janco Venter,8 Adriaan Booysen 9.Daman Stevens, 10. Cliven Loubser, 11. Gerswin Mouton, 12.Danco Burger, 13. Johan Deysel (captain) 14.JC Greyling, 15.Divan Rossouw

Louis van der Westhuizen, Jano Otto, Jason Benade,  Ruan Ludick, Prince Gaoseb, Hilarius Kisting, PW Steenkamp,Alcino Isaacs,

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