Uanivi to lead Namibia in Rugby World Cup opener vs Italy
TOKYO (AP) — Namibia head coach Phil Davies has elevated lock Tjiuee Uanivi to lead the team in the absence of Johan Deysel for its Rugby World Cup opener against Italy.
Namibia is participating in its sixth World Cup and scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies will feature in his fourth if he comes off the bench against the Italians in a Pool B game on Sunday at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Center Darryl De La Harpe was selected in the centers to make his 50th test appearance for Namibia.
The squads for Sunday’s three group games are scheduled to be announced before the tournament opener between host Japan and Russia at Tokyo Stadium later Friday.
Defending champion New Zealand and two-time champion South Africa are meeting Saturday in the first of the Pool B games.