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NAMIBIA WINS AFRICAN TITLE

Namibia is the latest country to qualify for the IRB 2015 Rugby World Cup. The team will play in Pool C against New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, and Georgia.

The finals of the Africa Rugby Confederation in Antananarivo, Madagascar, witnessed a ding-dong battle down to the wire among the four finalists, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Madagascar. Going into the last day’s action, Kenya at 2-0 could secure its first RWC spot with a victory or a tie against Zimbabwe. But this did not happen, as the Kenyans lost 28-10, the teams playing the first game of the day. 

With both these squads in the stands to watch the second match, the mathematics offered Namibia the prize if it beat Madagascar by 53-points. At half time, the Namibians led 63-10, and added a safety margin of 26 points to win 89-10. Number eight, Renaldo Bothma scored four of the 13-tries. The win saw the three more experienced sides at 2-1 each, but Namibia ended with a plus 76 point difference to Zimbabwe’s 49, and Kenya’s 23.

Namibia appeared in the 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 World Cups.

One final IRB RWC spot remains: Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and Russia in a playoff for the last slot in Pool A.