Namibia and New Zealand meet for the very first time on Thursday, in the 2015 World Cup, for a very predictable Pool C match. Check out here our NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA match preview with predictions, betting tips, enhanced odds, starting XVs, free bets and no deposit bonuses!
NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA BETTING PREVIEW The All Blacks had to work hard to defeat Argentina in the first Pool C game after a herculean effort by the Pumas kept the match winning deficit to 10 points (26-16). New Zealand have never lost a match in the pool stage at a World Cup - they've won 25 out of 25 group matches and we expect a comfortable win here.
The All Blacks have made 12 changes to their line up with Sam Whitelock, Julian Savea and Nehe Milner-Skudder the only players to earn a second start of the tournament. Sonny Bill Williams gets a start in Stratford, while impressive youngster Sam Kane will captain the side. Richie McCaw, who was yellow-carded against Argentina, drops to the bench alongside two other Test centurions - Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu.
Namibia have lost all 15 of their games at the Rugby World Cup by an average margin of 55 points. They completed the preparation to the World Cup with back to back home wins against Russia in Windhoek, 39-19 and 45-5 and then, in August, with two further home wins against Kenya 46-13 and Zimbabwe 80-6. Those nations are all ranked between No.22 and 28 in the world.
Head coach Davies has named the most experienced Welwitschias side in World Cup history. Saracens star Jacques Burger, Tinus du Plessis and Eugene Jantjies are playing their 3rd World Cup.
NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA STARTING XVs New Zealand: 15 Colin Slade, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Tony Woodcock, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Ma'a Nonu, 23 Ben Smith.
Namibia: 15 Johan Tromp, 14 David Philander, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Conrad Marais, 10 Theuns Kotzè, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Leneve Damens, 7 Tinus du Plessis, 6 Jacques Burger (capt), 5 Pieter-Jan van Lill, 4 Tjiuee Uanivi, 3 Johannes Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements: 16 Louis van der Westhuizen, 17 Casper Viviers, 18 Raoul Larson, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Janco Venter, 21 Rohan Kitshoff, 22 Eneill Buitendag, 23 Chrysander Botha.
NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA BEST ODDS
|NEW ZEALAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW||151.00 with||Bet £10, win £1510.00|
|NAMIBIA||201.00 with||Bet £10, win £2010.00|
NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA PREDICTIONS
- Winner: New Zealand @ 4.00
- Total Tries: Under 13.5 @ 1.94
- Handicap: Namibia +77 points @ 2.00
- First Tryscorer: Sonny Bill Williams @ 11.00