New Zealand vs Namibia - RWC 2015 preview: What time does it start, where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the Pool C fixture at The Olympic Stadium

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New Zealand will be looking to build the experience of their fringe players against the lowest ranked team in the World Cup.

It’s a big game for…

Beauden Barrett. The New Zealand fly-half has been given sole responsibility for running the game and it is needed to give him some experience. With Dan Carter’s departure to Racing 92 at the end of the World Cup, the future of New Zealand rugby may rest on the 24 year-old’s shoulders.


New Zealand: Colin Slade; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Malakai Fekitoa, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Victor Vito, Sam Cane (c), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Charlie Faumuina, Codie Taylor, Ben Franks.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith.

Namibia: Johan Tromp; David Philander, JC Greyling, Johan Deysel Jr, Conrad Marais; Theuns Kotzé, Eugene Jantjies; Leneve Damens, Tinus du Plessis, Jacques Burger (c); PJ van Lill, Tijuee Uanivi; Aranos Coetzee, Torsten Van Jaarsveld Jaco Engels.

Replacements: Louis van der Westhuizen, Raoul Larson, Casper Viviers, Renaldo Bothma, Janco Venter, Rohan Kitshoff, Eniell Buitendag, Chrysander Botha.

Weird stat…

40% - This is the win rate of Namibian captain Jacques Burger. Known for tackling with his face in the Premiership, he has led his team to victory just 4 times out of 10. However, it’s still an infinitely better statistic than his opposite captain, Sam Cane, who has never led the All Blacks.

Remember when…

Namibia qualified for the World Cup? With no footage of previous matches between these two teams, the best replacement is to see some highlights of the Namibian’s qualification. Namibia had to win against Madagascar by 53 points and comfortably 89-10 against the African Nations hosts.


Player to watch…

Sonny Bill Williams. The league convert boomerang made a huge impact when he came off the bench against Argentina on Sunday. His pace and power make him a dangerous threat at the best of times, but when he’s fighting for a starting place come the quarter finals, watch out!

Past three-meetings…

New Zealand and Namibia have never met on the rugby pitch before.

Form guide…

New Zealand: WWWLWW

Namibia: LLWWWW

Vital information…


TV: Live on ITV.


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