THE Namibia Rugby Union Sevens side will head out to Middelburg, South Africa as they prepare for the all-important 2013 World Sevens qualifiers slated for Morocco next month.
Rugby manager at the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) William Steenkamp says Namibia has confirmed its participation at the annual Middelburg Sevens Rugby and is looking forward to competing and putting up an exceptional performance.
According to the coach of the Namibia Rugby Sevens team, Ronaldo Pedro, the team has been in camp for some time and has been training hard on fitness, endurance and tactics.
“We have been training all this time. We started off with about 26 players and we are getting to a point where we have to reduce the squad to a good number. We only have to take 12 players to Middelburg and thus the trimming [is necessary].
“We are slowly getting there and it will be important for us to compete, learn and improve on our mistakes as we prepare for the crucial qualifying Sevens tournament in Morocco in September,” Pedro said.
He added that the Middelburg tournament has come at the right time as major games will help Namibia to test themselves well and improve for the future.
“We need major, big games like the ones we will have in Middelburg and we are very grateful to have been invited to go and play there. In Morocco, there will be tough teams to beat and we need to assess our strengths against the best in the world,” Pedro stated.
The popular Middelburg tournament takes place from 20-22 September and will feature Wales, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Joining South Africa, Wales, Zimbabwe and Namibia in the senior men’s section are the teams of the Pumas, Blue Bulls, SA Defence Force, SA Buffaloes as well as the North Region Rhinos.
All the teams will participate in a coaching clinic featuring 200 local school rugby players.
The African race for the only two spots left at the 2013 World Sevens Cup in Moscow, Russia will be determined in Morocco from 28 to 30 September.