Refreshed Namibia line-up to take on Springboks

Only five of the XV that played in Welwitschias' opening game will appear in their Pool B match against South Africa at City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

TOKYO, 26 Sep - 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 47-22 to Italy last Sunday. Only captain Tjiuee Uanivi, Cliven Loubser, JC Greyling, pictured, Chad Plato, and Johan Tromp return. This is the second-highest number of changes they have made between RWC matches - the highest being 11 when preparing to face Argentina at Rugby 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.


1. Desiderius Sethie
2. Louis van der Westhuizen
3. AJ De Klerk
4. Johan Retief
5. Tjiuee Uanivi (capt.)
6. Thomasau Forbes
7. Muharua Katjijeko
8. Adriaan Booysen
9. Eugene Jantjies
10. Cliven Loubser
11. Lesley Klim
12. Peter John Walters
13 JC Greyling
14. Chad Plato
15. Johan Tromp

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 

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