KAMITONDA – Namibia have hit the ground running with a warm-up game on Monday against local Japanese company team JR West Railers, after a gruelling 48 hours of travel.
Former Wales lock Phil Davies the first coach of Namibia to lead the side from qualification straight through to the World Cup finals, hopes preparation and continuity in the coaching setup and playing philosophy will help them enjoy their best tournament to date.
The Welwitschias have travelled to Japan via Singapore, Doha and Tokyo as the 23rd-ranked nation in the world - the lowest in the competition. They are yet to record a World Cup win despite qualifying every four years since 1999.
"One thing we’ve learned with time is that when we come to a tournament, as we did with the Nations Cup and at the last World Cup, is to get some opposition into the training as soon as possible,” Davies said.
"It gives the players a reality check. It’s not full contact but we get a referee in and they have to switch on and have a competitive mindset from the outset.