New Zealand v Namibia Prediction, Preview & Odds – Rugby World Cup
We have a New Zealand v Namibia prediction along with the betting odds for you ahead of the second round of Pool A games at this World Cup.
New Zealand v Namibia Match Info
When? 8.00 pm, Friday, September 15th
Where? Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
TV Channel: ITV 4/ Virgin Media Three
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
New Zealand v Namibia Betting Odds
|New Zealand v Namibia Betting Odds – 2023 Rugby World Cup|
New Zealand are the massive favourites for this game at 1/1000 in the match betting market. Namibia are heavy underdogs at 200/1 odds while the draw can be backed at 300/1
New Zealand -75 @ 10/11
Namibia +75 @ 10/11
Handicap Draw -75 @ 10/11
New Zealand are -75 point favourites in the handicap betting as our odds makers expect the All Blacks to bounce back from their opening game defeat to France.
Namibia on the other hand could be in for a long day at the office based on their +75 handicap.
New Zealand v Namibia Preview
New Zealand’s Form
New Zealand got off to a bad start in this year’s Rugby World Cup with a 27-13 defeat to France in the tournament’s opening game. France beating the All Blacks wasn’t a shock but the nature of the loss for New Zealand has many people questioning if this New Zealand squad is good enough to win this tournament.
Head Coach Ian Foster has been in charge since 2020 and has come under increased pressure for his job throughout his tenure. Foster’s win rate of 68% is the worst win rate for an All Blacks Head Coach since 1960.
New Zealand started their preparations for this Rugby World Cup with great success by winning the Rugby Championship back in July. In that competition the All Blacks beat Argentina 41-12, then South Africa 35-20 before a convincing 38-7 win against Australia.
That successful Rugby Championship campaign was not a sign of what was to come however. They played two World Cup warm-up games in August which they won one and lost one.
The victory came narrowly 23-20 over Australia. The loss on the other hand was a humiliating 35-7 defeat to South Africa in Twickenham. In fact, that was New Zealand’s biggest ever test match defeat.
Namibia will be a much easier task than France and I fancy New Zealand to bounce back here by putting up a cricket score.
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World Number (21) Namibia are making their seventh Rugby World Cup appearance and are also looking to get out of the Pool Stage for the first time. If we are to be more realistic, it is more likely that they battle it out with Uruguay to avoid a last place finish in this pool.
Allister Coetzee has been Head Coach of Namibia since 2021 and he guided them to World Cup qualification by winning the 2022 Africa Cup. The Namibians beat Kenya 36-0 in that tournament’s final.
Namibia’s first Rugby World Cup warm-up game came against Pool Rivals Uruguay back in August. They would lose that game 26-18. The following week they claimed a narrow 26-28 victory against Chile who made their Rugby World Cup debut last week.
During the opening weekend of the tournament Namibia were comprehensively beaten 52-8 by Italy. Their sole try in that game was scored by winger Gerswin Mouton.
Key Players To Watch
Samuel Whitelock (New Zealand)
New Zealand second-row Sam Whitelock will equal Richie McCaw as the most capped player in All Blacks history against Namibia. Whitelock will be making his 148th cap for his country this Friday in Toulouse.
The 34-year-old is one of only six players to retain their place from the XV that started against France as Head Coach Ian Foster has rung the changes in what is expected to be a facile victory.
The All Blacks number 5 is always a sure option come lineout time while also being more than comfortable with the ball in his hands. Given the momentous occasion for Whitelock he’s definitely a name to look out for at odds of 20/1 in the Man of the Match betting.
Johan Deysel (Namibia)
The Namibian Captain and Centre Deysel (31) has played the entirety of his club career in South Africa having moved to South Africa after high school. Deysel made his debut for Namibia back in 2013 when he started in their 55–35 victory over Kenya.
The 31-year-old has scored 55 points so far in his international career and figures to be one of Namibia’s primary ball carriers in this game.
The Namibia captain will have fond memories of playing New Zealand having scored the team’s only try when these two teams met in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Our first live game of the Rugby World Cup is Italy v Namibia on Saturday!
A chance to see Johan Deysel on the world stage. 🇳🇦🔥 pic.twitter.com/pwfAXgMPbX
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) September 7, 2023
New Zealand v Namibia Teams
New Zealand Starting Lineup
- Ofa Tu’ungafasi
- Samisoni Taukei’aho
- Nepo Laulala
- Brodie Retallick
- Samuel Whitelock
- Luke Jacobson
- Dalton Papali’i
- Ardie Savea (C)
- Cam Roigard
- Damian McKenzie
- Leicester Fainga’anuku
- David Havili
- Anton Lienert-Brown
- Caleb Clarke
- Beauden Barrett
Namibia Starting Lineup
- Jason Benade
- Torsten van Jaarsveld
- Johan Coetzee
- Johan Retief
- Tjiuee Uanivi
- Wian Conradie
- Prince Gaoseb
- Richard Hardwick
- Damian Stevens
- Tiaan Swanepoel
- Divan Rossouw
- Le Roux Malan
- Johan Deysel (C)
- Gerswin Mouton
- Cliven Loubser
New Zealand v Namibia Head-To-Head Results
New Zealand 71-9 Namibia | 2019 Rugby World Cup
New Zealand 58-14 Namibia | 2015 Rugby World Cup
New Zealand v Namibia Prediction & Best Bet
Prediction: New Zealand 85-6 Namibia
In the lead-up to the tournament, despite their status as joint-favourites for the tournament with France, many people were speculating that this New Zealand side might not be at the level of previous All Blacks sides.
Following their first-ever Pool Stage defeat against France on the opening night of the tournament, those critics have gotten louder. I think this will rile The All Blacks up and they will be looking to show people they’re still a serious contender. They may even whitewash Namibia.
Best Bet: New Zealand -75 @ 10/11
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