2019 Rugby World Cup – New Zealand vs Namibia Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs Namibia taking place? Sunday 6th October, 2019 – 05:45 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs Namibia taking place? Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Namibia? 17c in mostly sunny skies

What television channel is New Zealand vs Namibia on in the UK? This match will be televised live on ITV 1

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Namibia? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs Namibia? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand were ruthless in their game against Canada as the defending champions made it two from two at the RWC with a 63-0 victory and they will be hoping they can make it two games in succession without conceding a point as they face Namibia.
  • Several All Blacks players impressed against Canada and could retain their place when it comes to the more important games in the tournament with Sonny Bill Williams earning big praise for his performance but he makes way for this game.
  • Brodie Retallick returns for the first time since he dislocated his shoulder against South Africa in July in one of 12 changes to the side that faced Canada with captain Kieran Read afforded a rest whilst Jordie Barrett is a shock pick at fly-half.

NAMIBIA

  • Namibia suffered a heavy loss at the hands of South Africa and a similar fate could lie in wait here as they face the daunting prospect of coming up against reigning world champions New Zealand.
  • The Namibians will once again undertake a heavy rotation to their side in a game that they will look to keep the scoreline to a minimum with Johan Deysel returning to captain the side as part of nine changes to the starting XV that faced the Springboks.
  • Tjiuee Uanivi, JC Greyling and Johan Tromp have retained their places in the side for the third consecutive match but first-choice fly-half Cliven Loubser has picked up an ankle injury and will have to sit out.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand showed some good signs against Canada and although tougher tests will face them, this game against Namibia presents another chance to build towards the knockout stages. The All Blacks kept the Canadians scoreless and will be keen to do the same again in what should be a comfortable victory whilst it will also present a further chance for some fringe players to stake their claim for a place in the team moving forward.

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