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'Massive honour' for Old Wesley as one of their players makes Namibia's World Cup squad

JC Greyling could face the All Blacks at the Olympic Stadium.

JC Greyling is heading to the World Cup with Namibia.
JC Greyling is heading to the World Cup with Namibia.
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OLD WESLEY CENTRE JC Greyling could be lining out against the All Blacks at London’s Olympic Stadium next month.

Greyling has been named in Namibia’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, which begins for them against reigning champions New Zealand on 24 September.

The 24-year-old, who was born in the Namibian city of Okahandja, first lined out for Old Wesley at U20 level, before returning to Donnybrook to play for the Ulster Bank League Division 1B team last season.

Speaking to The42 following Greyling’s selection for Namibia’s finalised squad, Old Wesley chairman of rugby Jimmy Byrden said: “It’s a massive honour for the club. Absolutely huge. It’s also a great reflection of that work that was done with him here last year by our coaching staff.”

Greyling’s absence while on international duty will be a blow for Old Wesley as they get their new season up and running. In fact, there’s a strong possibility that he has already played his final game for the Dublin club.

Byrden added: “We’ve more than likely lost him full-time, although we’re not sure on that yet. But the likelihood is that he’ll end up playing in South Africa after the World Cup.”

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Namibia are coached by former Llanelli Scarlets and Cardiff Blues boss Phil Davies, while veteran Saracens flanker Jacques Burger wears the captain’s armband.

Greyling was among the tries recently as they defeated Zimbabwe 80-6 in Windhoek to retain their Africa Cup title.


Greyling has scored three tries in eight tests since making his debut for Namibia last October.

They’ll be joined in Pool C at the World Cup by New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.

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