Namibia take giant step towards Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification

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Captain Torsten van Jaarsfeld scored three tries as Namibia moved within two wins of the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Burkina Faso 71-5 in the quarter-finals of a qualifying tournament in Marseille on Friday.

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Hooker Van Jaarsveld, who won promotion to the Top 14 with Bayonne last month, crossed in a half an hour spell for the side who have featured at every World Cup since 1999’s edition.

Namibia, ranked 24th in the world, will next meet Zimbabwe in the semi-finals in Aix-en-Provence on July 6.

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Zimbabwe, who reached the 1987 and 1991 tournaments, scored five tries in a 38-11 victory over the Ivory Coast.

On Sunday, Uganda meet Kenya and Senegal face Algeria in Aix-en-Provence.

The last four ties take place on Wednesday before the final on July 10, with the victors taking the final place in Pool A alongside hosts France, three-time winners New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay.

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Rugby World Cup 2023 Africa zone qualifiers results:

Quarter-finals

Namibia 71 Burkina Faso 5

Zimbabwe 38 Ivory Coast 11

Playing on Saturday

Uganda v Kenya – 15:00

Senegal v Algeria – 18:00

– Semi-finals to be played on July 6

– Final to be played on July 10

– Winner advances to Pool A of Rugby World Cup 2023

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