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New Zealand vs Namibia Rugby World Cup 2023 Preview

The second game for the All Blacks in the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be against Namibia – the match is on the 15th of September, with the Stadium de Toulouse as the venue for the contest.

These teams met in both the 2015 and 2019 World Cup pool stages. New Zealand ran out a comfortable winner on both of those occasions. Is there any hope for the African nation, or will they be in for another challenging day? We’ll guide you through the two teams and where to have a bet – all that plus a prediction for the New Zealand vs Namibia match.

Where can you find the best odds for this match?

Many bookmakers will offer prices, but who are the best ones to go to? Pinnacle is one of the most interesting – they pride themselves on providing high limits to punters. New Zealand will be short odds in this match, so anyone offering a high limit may be helpful.

10bet and Stake.com might be a little off the radar of many punters. However, they have a wide range of markets available, including handicaps. They seem sure to be popular on the New Zealand vs Namibia game, with the underdogs getting a big start.

When it comes to the more prominent names on the market, then William Hill and Betway are the way to go. Both offer a vast range of different markets when it comes to rugby betting. More importantly, the pair offers very competitive prices. Price is king when it comes to any sport, so it is crucial to have plenty of options open to you.

New Zealand in the Spotlight

There are no teams in the history of rugby to strike fear the way the All Blacks have. A long and storied history has made them the most successful rugby nation. They are three-time winners of the Rugby World Cup in just nine times the tournament has been played. No team has a record that comes remotely close to that of the All Blacks.

The current crop of players lacks the sheer class of the likes of Dan Carter and Richie McCaw. They do have a desire to overcome some of the recent criticism of their performances. A win over Namibia won’t silence the noise, but it would boost the team’s confidence.

Namibia in the Spotlight

This will be the seventh Rugby World Cup appearance for Namibia. They have yet to make it out of the Pool stages and even win a game at the tournament. Officially they drew Canada in 2019 when their match was cancelled due to a typhoon.

Aside from that, their closest defeat came 17-16 against Georgia in 2015. Namibia will be a massive underdog once more in Toulouse.

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Odds are subject to change. Last updated July 17, 2023 1:06 pm.

Player Overview

The return to fitness of Anton Lienert-Brown for the 2023 Rugby World Cup is a big plus for New Zealand. He has produced more than a point a game when he has played for the All Blacks. That includes a pair of tries when New Zealand took on Namibia at the last Rugby World Cup.

A pair of tries on his All Blacks debut against Scotland put Mark Telea quickly on the map. He’s battling injury, but this game could be a huge confidence booster for the winger with speed to burn.

Wian Conradie was the man to secure Namibia’s place in the tournament. He scored three tries against Kenya as they were crowned Rugby Africa champions. It would be a massive day for him if he could add another try to his record against the All Blacks.

The current captain of Namibia is Johan Deysel. This will be his third Rugby World Cup. Nine tries for his country from just 24 caps is an excellent record. Fans in France will be familiar with his work for Colomiers. Could that give him a boost in this New Zealand vs Namibia matchup?

Predictions for New Zealand vs Namibia

Prohibitive odds will be the order of the day at the Stadium de Toulouse. Many punters will be looking to get involved in the handicaps. Quite simply, it seems like a matter of how many points New Zealand will put on the board.

This will be the third New Zealand vs Namibia game. New Zealand unsurprisingly won both so far by wide margins. The most recent of those was at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Namibia held their own in the first half, only 24-9 down at the break. New Zealand scored 47 unanswered points in the second to pad the final score, 71-9.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup also saw the teams clash. New Zealand ran out 58-14 winners at the Olympic Stadium. It would be one of the biggest shocks in rugby history if New Zealand vs Namibia is anything but a New Zealand victory.

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