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Perennial World Cup underdogs Namibia qualify for France 2023

By AAP
Namibia's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Rugby Africa Cup rugby union final match between Namibia and Kenya at the Maurice David Stadium in Aix-en-Provence, southeastern France, on July 10, 2022. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Namibia have qualified for their seventh successive Rugby World Cup finals, comprehensively beating Kenya 36-0 in Aix-en-Provence, France to win the Rugby Africa Cup.

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Namibia’s reward is a place in Pool A with hosts France, New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay at the tournament in September next year.

Flanker Wian Conradie scored a hat-trick of tries on Sunday and captain Johan Deysel the other in the final of the African qualifying tournament, played at the Stade Maurice David in the south of France.

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Five-eighth Cliven Loubser added four penalties and a conversion, with substitute PW Steenkamp adding another conversion to deny Kenya a first ever qualification.

Namibia have competed at every World Cup since the 1999 tournament but lost all 22 matches they have played in the finals.

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