2019 Rugby World Cup – South Africa vs Namibia Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Namibia taking place? Saturday 28th September, 2019 – 10:45 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Namibia taking place? City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota Stadium

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Namibia? 16c in mostly cloudy skies

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

Where can I stream South Africa vs Namibia? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
South Africa 87-0 Namibia

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa could not overcome New Zealand in a tough contest against the All Blacks in their first game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup but they showed enough in that game to know they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the tournament.
  • Trevor Nyakane has suffered World Cup heartache after he tore his right calf muscle which was a tournament-ending injury in the Springboks' first game against New Zealand and he has been replaced by Thomas du Toit.
  • Schalk Brits will captain a new-look side with the Springboks making 13 changes to the side that lined-up against the All Blacks, with Brits a surprise selection at number eight, whilst there will be a new back three combination consisting of Warrick Gelant, S’Busiso Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi.

NAMIBIA

  • Namibia will be pleased to have scored 22 points against Italy in their RWC opener but their defence will be heavily tested again as they face one of the heavyweights of world rugby in South Africa.
  • The Namibians are expected to rotate their squad throughout the tournament to give as much game time to as many players as possible but will be keen to give a good account of themselves here in what will be a huge test.
  • They have only retained five of the starting XV that faced Italy with captain Tjiuee Uanivi, JC Greyling, Chad Plato, Cliven Loubser and Johan Trump the players who will start for a second successive game.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa were second best against New Zealand in their 2019 RWC opener and they now face minnows Namibia in a game that they will get to try out some new combinations having changed almost their entire side. Some fringe players will get a chance to impress against the Namibians and they should still claim a comfortable victory, but their opponents will be desperate to at least cross the whitewash after they were hammered 87-0 in their last meeting at the 2011 RWC.

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