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Chabal in line to face Springboks in Namibia


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French rugby superstar Sebastien Chabal is in negotiations to play against the Springboks in May for a Namibian Invitation XV during their British and Irish Lions warm ups.

Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag revealed that the Namibian Rugby Union are actively negotiating with Chabal to be part of the Namibian Invitation XV that will face the Springboks on May 29 in Windhoek in the warm-up game for the Boks before the Lions tour.

The news comes a week after it was revealed by Sondag that former Springboks Butch James and CJ van der Linde have also invited to play for the Namibian team.

Namibian Rugby Union CEO Christo Alexander confirmed to the newspaper that he was looking to secure Chabal for the match.

“We are going to talk to the French consulate and the French Rugby Union to get Chabal here,” he told Sondag.

The Namibian team are looking to secure a top class scrum half and fullback for their team. Namibian born fullback Percy Montgomery is their target for the fullback position, while Lions scrum half Jano Vermaak could be included at scrum half.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers could use Vermaak in his Springbok training squad as the No.9 has been in scintillating form for the struggling Lions.

There is a chance that a number of former Springboks who are now playing in Europe could feature in the Namibian Team.

“We are trying everything in our power to make things easier for Peter de Villiers.”Alexander said.

“We have also asked the referee who will officiate the first Test to take charge of the game so that the Springboks can get used to his style of handling the game,” Alexander told Sondag.



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