… As Gaoseb leads rugby team to Uruguay
NAMIBIA’S first black under-20 national rugby team captain, Prince Gaoseb, believes his team will do the country proud at the current World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in Uruguay, scheduled from 29 August to 10 September.
Gaoseb also said he is extremely delighted be captaining his country at the tournament, which also features the hosts, Japan, Hong Kong, Chile, Canada, Portugal and Fiji.
Namibia has been drawn in Pool A, against Canada, Japan and Chile, while Pool B will feature Fiji, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Portugal.
In an interview with Confidente this week, the 19-year-old Gaoseb, who plays for the Blue Bulls Under-19 team in South Africa, said that he is confident that Namibia’s will put in a great showing.
The flanker has a two-year contract with the Blue Bulls, with the possibility of an extension.
Gaoseb said that South African rugby is more intense, faster and more competitive than what is currently being played in Namibia. The national under-20 rugby team, under the mentorship of Roger Thompson, has wrapped up their preparations for the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek.
Gaoseb said that Namibia’s competition in their group would mainly come from Japan, who have improved tremendously over the past few years.
The under-20 captain said his team was eyeing at least a third place finish at the tournament, after ending in fourth place last year.
“Being chosen as the national under-20 captain is a huge privilege and an honour. However, it’s not going to be a one-man show, as the team will take collect responsibility,” Gaoseb said.
“With leadership comes responsibility, and I have seriously taken that responsibility on my shoulders.”
Asked about his plans, Gaoseb said he aims to secure a contract extension with the Blue Bulls, and feature in the annual South African Vodacom Cup, before eventually representing Namibia at future senior World Cup competitions.
Gaoseb, who is yet to make his debut for the senior national team, said that the opportunity to play for the Welwitschias will present itself. He said his interest in rugby developed during his time as a learner at the Emma Hoogenhout Primary School in Khomasdal. He continued playing rugby at the Windhoek Technical School.
In 2014, Gaoseb captained the Windhoek High School rugby team, and was part of the side that won the Momentum Rugby League that year.
Gaoseb assured the nation that his team was mentally and physically ready for the challenge in Uruguay.
Meanwhile, Thompson told Confidente that N$7 million was needed for the team’s travelling and other expenses in Uruguay.
He added that he is confident that his charges will rise to the occasion, and better their performance of last year, when they ended fourth. Thompson also thanked individuals and businesses, who have assisted the players with pocket money for their trip. The team has been training twice a day, while also playing warm-up matches against the University of Namibia (Unam), who are the current premier league champions.
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