It was an unforgettable Sunday for African rugby after Namibia upset all the odds by coming from 3rd position to clinch the sole ticket to the 2015 IRB World Cup slated for England.
After Zimbabwe had beat Kenya and looked set to make it to next years tournament, Namibia needed to beat Madagascar by more than 53 points in order to secure automatic qualification. The South West Africans did just that by dismantling the hosts 89-10 in Antananarivo.
At the beginning of the gripping day, the Namibians were outside hopefuls at best, but Zimbabwe’s 28-10 win against Kenya, denying the Kenyan’s a losing bonus point, while failing to secure a bonus pointof their own, left the door wide open for the seasoned Rugby World Cup campaigners.
The second placed African side from the qualifiers, Zimbabwe, face Russia next month in a repecharge with the winner to meet Uruguay or Hong Kong for a World Cup berth.
Namibia will now face the All Blacks in their opening match at the Rugby World Cup next year.