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Rugby Teams to Play Two Invitational Matches in Argentina.

The Namibia Rugby Union announced the departure of a Senior Invitational Rugby team to Argentina this week.

The team, which left on Tuesday 5 May, will play a series of friendly matches as preparation for the 2011 World Cup qualifiers.

"We were pleasantly surprised to receive a travel request to Argentina about a month ago, through Bruce Cook, the International Rugby Board (IRB) Development Manager of the Rugby World Cup," said Buks Bock, president of the Namibia Rugby Union.

The Namibia Rugby Union hosted trials for the team on Tuesday 28 April at the Hage Geingob Stadium. Furthermore, the team will play two matches against Argentina A (Jaguars) on 8 and 15 May.

"We are thrilled to have secured such a great practice opportunity before we commence with the World Cup qualifiers. It offers our boys the opportunity to condition themselves to international rugby and emulate the performance we are currently witnessing with the U20 team at the IRB junior World Rugby Trophy in Kenya," said Christo Alexander, acting CEO of the Namibia Rugby Union.

"We are confident that we will have a successful visit to Argentina and that the coaching team will be provided with an excellent opportunity to plan and prepare for the qualifiers," added Sarel Losper, Vice president of the Namibia Rugby Union.

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Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:May 8, 2009
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