Overlooked Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott will start in the number 9 jersey for a strong Namibian International XV, named to take on the Springboks in a warmup game next Friday night. The side features a number of former Springboks and Super 14 players – although not too many Namibians.
Kees Lensing will captain the side from loosehead prop. The big Castres front-ranker has played for both the Bulls and the Sharks in South Africa, as well as representing Namibia during the 2003 World Cup. Lensing is one of only four Namibian players in the starting XV, as coach John Williams has opted to pack his side with Super 14 players from South Africa, in the hope of providing a stern test for the visiting South African XV. Lensing is joined up front by four members of the Cheetahs tight 5 – Richardt Strauss, Kobus Calldo, David de Villiers and Nice Breedt. Cheetahs loose head Wian du Preez will be playing for the South African XV. Sharks hooker Skipper Badenhorst is presumably still facing the cold shoulder after he elected not to represent Namibia at the 2007 World Cup in France.
Bulls number 8 Jacques Burger is joined by fellow Namibian Jacques Nieuwenhius and Stormers flank Duane Vermuelen in an impressive back row.
Former Bok flyhalf Derrick Hougaardt joins Kockott in the halfbacks, while the Cheetahs’ Meyer Bosman and former Bull Frikkie Welsh will be at centre. Tondie Chavanga and Jaco van der Westhuyzen are at right wing and fullback respectively, with Maties winger Llewellyn Winckler in the number 11 jersey.
Another former Bok, Wayne Julies, is on the bench, together with Anton van Zyl from the Lions, Ruan Vermeulen from the Bulls and a number of local players.
Namibian Invitation XV – 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Frikkie Welsh, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Llewellyn Winckler, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Jacques Burger, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 5 Nico Breedt, 4 David de Villiers, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Kees Lensing (capt).
Subs: 16 Hugo Horn, 17 Johnny Redelinghuys, 18 Ruan Vermeulen, 19 Anton van Zyl, 20 Wayne Julies, 21 Jurie van Tonder, 22 Chrysander Botha.