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The Namibia verdict on Deysel ban, latest World Cup red card

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Namibia boss Allister Coetzee has given his verdict on the five-game ban handed down to Johan Deysel, their Rugby World Cup skipper who was last week red-carded after colliding with the head of Antoine Dupont.

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The French star suffered a cheekbone fracture in the incident in Marseille last Thursday night and he was operated on the following day in the hope of making it back fit to play in the latter stages of the tournament for his country.

In the meantime, Namibia completed their France 2023 campaign on Wednesday in Lyon and following a 26-36 loss to Uruguay, head coach Coetzee shared his thoughts on the length of suspension that Deysel received, a five-match ban reducible to four if tackle school is successfully completed.

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He also spoke about the red card his team suffered in the second half against the Uruguayans, sub loosehead Desiderius Sethie getting sent off after a foul play review of his 58th-minute yellow card.

“The first one was pure unlucky, our captain, he was really unlucky with the first one,” reckoned Coetzee. “The second one was just poor technique, he [Sethie] was just upright.

“We work hard on a level change when it comes to one-on-one tackling because of the head clash situation and what it is, so we put him in a bad position and that’s the effect of that.”

Asked specifically about the Deysel ban, Coetzee added: “I suppose it was a fair sanction. It was a head clash and that was the punishment. “They went for high-end (entry point) but eventually it is a four-week ban if you scale it down to the one week that he missed this week, one more week for the community service in the form of a coaching clinic and it is effectively four weeks. I’d say it’s a fair ban.”

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The loss to Uruguay meant has completed their seventh pool campaign still without a historic first win at the finals. They were ahead of Uruguay for 54 minutes of their Pool A match, but an excessive second-half penalty count proved too much of a burden.

Looking ahead to the future, Coetzee said: “We need to blood young players. There should be a programme with a timeline, with U21 players coming through. Out there tonight, there is just the matter also of not enough competition and caps against tier-one nations and other top nations.

“The second thing is conditioning. When you get your players in World Cup year, when you get your players in camp, they should be conditioned. They should be conditioned like any other professional athlete.”

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Jon 4 hours ago
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There are a couple of teams who could use a stop gap experienced head. Blues - I’m not sure the Blues have signed a replacement for Caleb Tangitau (if he hasn’t been let go to make room for Barrett) yet, or whether Reiko is going on sabbatical and/or will remain in the squad. With exciting young French player Xavi Taele looking destined for higher honors in black, talented breakthrough rookie Cory Evan’s, and a couple of utilities, in AJ Lam and Bryce Heem(even Clarke?), all trying to learn the midfield trade, Williams could be a great aid. The Blues signed key English center Joe Marchant before he was raised to that level, and were possibly in the hunt to bring back the dependable Tele’a from the Highlanders. Possible the main squeeze which would put to bed any signing here would be the battle at 10 with Beauden’s return, and the forcing of Plummer back into the midfield. Hurricanes - Jordie Barrett is off to Leinster for a sabbatical next year but the more likely signing would be Billy’s brother back in the team. The Hurricanes are light on the outside with the loss of Salesi Rayasi to the Top 14 and if no quality is found to back up Kini Naholo, the midfield of Sullivan or Proctors could find themselves on the wing and space for a leader to show the Hurricanes three All Black midfield hopefuls (Higgins, Proctor, Umaga-Jensen) how its done. Highlanders - Rotation is high as usual at the Highlanders and versatility remains a strength with a lot of the squad. With compatriot Rhys Patchell signing a move to the JRLO, the passing of outside back Connor Garden-Bachop, and confirmed departure of Argentine wing Martin Bogado, the versatility of many of the young backups in the squad could see a veteran 12 like Williams being a strong partner for the robust Tele’a. With hope that the other Umaga-Jensen brother can force him out of the starting lineup, and shifting the sides general Sam Gilbert back into 10, the off-contract midfielder might seen as the perfect option for a squad still looking to fill one back spot.

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