Phil Davies appointed new head coach of Namibia

PHIL Davies will lead Namibia at the Rugby World Cup after head coach Danie Vermeulen’s resignation. Vermeulen departed on Wednesday, just three months before the global tournament starts, with Namibia kicking off against New Zealand on September 24.

Former Scarlets and Blues coach Davies has been working as a technical advisor for the Welwitschias and now steps up to assume full control.

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“While the players will miss Danie’s input and experience, we are confident that our campaign is on track,” said Namibian Rugby Union president Bradely Basson. “Last year we appointed Phil Davies as technical advisor and he will now take over the role as head coach. “Phil and the rest of the coaching staff have been with the team since October last year and we are confident in their ability to adequately prepare the Namibian team for the task ahead.”

Basson said that an announcement of the new back-line coach will be made within the next couple of days. Namibia play Russia in Windhoek in two Tests on 11 and 18 July.

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