List of Best Rugby Schools in Namibia

List of Best Rugby Schools in Namibia

What is Rugby?

Rugby, football game played with an oval ball by two teams of 15 players (in rugby union play) or 13 players (in rugby league play). 

Overview of Rugby Union (Rugby)

Rugby union is a popular sport around the world, played by male and female players of all ages. Rules do not differ between the sexes.

In 2014, there were more than 6 million people playing worldwide, of whom 2.36 million were registered players. World Rugby, previously called the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) and the International Rugby Board (IRB), has been the governing body for rugby union since 1886, and currently has 101 countries as full members and 18 associate members.

The Namibia national Rugby Union Team

The Namibia national rugby union team represents Namibia in men’s international rugby union competitions nicknamed the Welwitschias, are a tier-two nation in the World Rugby tier system, and have participated in five Rugby World Cup competitions since their first appearance in 1999.

Rugby Academy in Namibia

Here are list of rugby schools in Namibia;

Pro-Ed Academy

Erongo Rugby Academy- ERA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are questions which are often asked by students or individuals

Is Namibia good at rugby?

Namibia is very good at rugby and has been playing international since the early 1900s.

How dangerous is rugby?

The most common injuries are superficial facial injuries and muscle sprains. Knees suffer and shoulders receive a lot of long term damage. Rotator syndrome is common long term for Rugby players.

Despite the game looking brutal, head injuries and concussions are not common compared to other contact sports.

Why does Namibia play rugby?

Because Namibia was formerly ruled by South Africa, rugby in Namibia was frequently influenced by events in that country and its domestic competition.

How did Namibia qualify for Rugby World Cup?

Qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Africa Rugby began in June 2016, with 14 teams competing. On 18 August 2018, Namibia qualified for the World Cup by winning the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, defeating Kenya, who finished second and advanced to the repechage tournament.

How is rugby different from football?

The key difference between a field goal in the two sports is that a football field goal attempt is normally kicked with a teammate holding the ball, whereas in rugby league the field goal is attempted using a drop-kick. A football has one further method of scoring which does not exist in rugby league.

What is the nickname of Namibia’s national rugby team?

The Namibia national rugby union team represents Namibia in men’s international rugby union competitions nicknamed the Welwitschias.

Why is rugby so popular?

One of the reasons why Rugby has become so popular is because of all the Rugby clubs that were established. Rugby was also acknowledged by the Football Association. This association was able to finalize the rules of both regular football and rugby football in 1863. It had also introduced the game to the world.

How many times has Namibia qualified for the Rugby World Cup?

Namibia has competed in five Rugby World Cup tournaments, having qualified as the African representative.

What do rugby players say in a scrum?

The Referee calls “crouch” when the forwards find their position in the scrum and prepare, then “bind” and the props bind together and the scum comes under tension, and finally “set” and then the scrum unleashes.

Which Namibian born rugby player played for England’s Blackheath?

Andre Stoop (born 8 October 1960) was a Namibian rugby union and rugby league player. His position was at fullback. He has previously played for the Wigan Warriors, London Crusaders and Keighley Cougars. In 1996, he returned to rugby union and signed for Blackheath.

How much do rugby players make?

All player contracts were held by the league, not by the individual teams. Players earned salaries, on average, of around $25,000, with national team players making closer to $40,000. The top players in the competition earned up to $70,000.

Why do rugby players not wear helmets?

The main reason that rugby players don’t wear helmets and pads but gridiron players do is that the nature of contact in the game is very different. Helmets and pads came into the game because players were dying and the sport needed to protect them better or be banned.

Do rugby players get hurt?

Due to the physical demands of both sports, injuries are frequent in both rugby and football. 

Is rugby tougher than football?

Rugby is tougher in the sense that players have to play both sides of the ball continuously with very few breaks. However, the stop-and-go nature of football means that players get breaks and thus can play much harder when the ball is live.