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The Olympic Stadium in East London hosts what is potential one of the great mis-matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament, when the reigning Champions, New Zealand, play their second Pool C match of the competition, against African minnows, Namibia. The All Blacks opened the defence of their title at Wembley on Sunday, with a hard fought victory against what are likely to be their nearest rivals in the Pool, Argentina. The Champions were pushed all the way by the Pumas, before securing the points with a 26-16 win.
Namibia have participated in each of the last four World Cups, but have played and lost all 16 fixtures that they have played during that time, including a tournament record 0-142 loss to Australia in 2003. One of the major factors holding back the progression of Namibian rugby, is their lack of exposure to regular top class opposition. Their warm up for the World Cup has consisted of two home matches against Russia in July, both of which they won, and further home victories against Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The minnows lost to the Springboks, Wales, Samoa and Fiji in the Pool stage of the 2011 tournament, losing by an average of 11-65. A result in that region would probably be looked on by the Namibia as a reasonable loss.
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