Welwitschias flanker makes steady recovery
Welwitschias flanker Wian Conradie expects to have fully recovered before the end of September, after suffering a broken finger early last month.
The broken left finger saw him missing the national team’s clash with Zimbabwe, also last month. Namibia comfortably beat Zimbabwe 60-22 to win the Africa Cup.
“I think I am getting there, because it is not as sore as it was before,” Conradie told the Windhoek Observer during an interview this week.
“I am doing everything that is required of me to get better, so that I can make a return to the national team training.
“It has not been easy being on the sidelines and watching my teammates play.
“However, I am glad that I am making progress and would be ready to train with the national team sooner than I expected.”
The 21-year old, who has played five times for the senior team, says he wants to earn more caps
He was included in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and made one appearance in the competition.
“At the age of 21, I know I am still young and will play more games for the national team and my club.
“There is nothing more exciting and special than playing for your country at the highest level.
“We have a great team, with so much potential, and that is why I want to be a part of the team,” Conradie said.
He added that he is happy with the trust and confidence that Welwitschias coach Phil Davies has in him.
“Like I said before, he is a wonderful coach with vast experience and knowledge about the game.
“For me as a player, I believe it is a great advantage to work under him, given what he can offer me.
“He has also been good to me, even during my injury, because of the encouraging things he has said to me,” said Conradie, who plays his club rugby in South Africa for the University of Johannesburg, where he is studying.