Namibia coach Allister Coetzee made eight changes on Monday as he named his team to face Uruguay in their final Rugby World Cup Pool A encounter.
Coetzee plumped for a new half-back pairing, with Damian Stevens and Tiaan Swanepoel coming in for Jacques Theron, who drops to the bench, and Cliven Loubser, who moves from fly-half to full-back for Wednesday’s encounter in Lyon.
Alcino Izaacs comes in at outside centre for suspended captain Johan Deysel, who will sit out the game due to his red card for a head-on-head tackle that broke a bone in France captain Antoine Dupont’s face.
Jason Benade and Torsten Van Jaarsveld come into the front row, Tiaan De Klerk is a new addition at lock and Richard Hardwick and Tjiuee Uanivi, who captains the side, will bring freshness to the back row.
Namibia are still searching for their first ever World Cup victory after losing 25 straight matches.
Cliven Loubser; Gerswin Mouton, Alcino Izaacs, Danco Burger, JC Greyling; Tiaan Swanepoel, Damian Stevens; Richard Hardwick, Tjiuee Uanivi (capt), Prince Gaoseb; Tiaan De Klerk, Adriaan Ludick; Johan ‘Aranos’ Coetzee, Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Jason Benade
Replacements: Louis van der Westhuizen, Desiderius Sethie, Haitembu Shikufa, PJ Van Lill, Max Katjijeko, Adriaan Booysen, Jacques Theron, Andre van der Bergh
Coach: Allister Coetzee (RSA)
Uruguay’s Meneses makes four changes for Namibia in World Cup
Felipe Arcos Perez will make his World Cup debut for Uruguay after head coach Esteban Meneses on Monday announced four changes to his side to face Namibia in Pool A.
Arcos Perez replaces Tomas Inciarte at outside centre in one of two changes in the backs, the other seeing Bautista Basso replace Gaston Mieres on the right wing.
Diego Arbelo comes in for Ignacio Peculo at tighthead while Carlos Deus gets the nod over Manuel Diana at No.8 for Wednesday’s match in Lyon.
Baltazar Amaya; Bautista Basso, Felipe Arcos Perez, Andres Vilaseca (capt), Nicolas Freitas; Felipe Etcheverry, Santiago Arata; Carlos Deus, Santiago Civetta, Manuel Ardao; Manuel Leindekar, Felipe Aliaga; Diego Arbelo, German Kessler, Mateo Sanguinetti
Replacements: Guillermo Pujadas, Facundo Gattas, Reinaldo Piussi, Juan Manuel Rodríguez, Eric Dosantos, Agustin Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi, Juan Manuel Alonso
Coach: Esteban Meneses (ARG)
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