World ranking: 23rd
Qualification: First in Africa
Best result: Pool stage
TAB odds: $501
Chances: Like Canada, they face a tough task gaining any kind of result in a pool with two of rugby's superpowers - but at least they have each other.
They're still looking for the first World Cup win, since debuting in 1999, and lost by a solitary point to Georgia four years ago.
The centre has represented Namibia since 2013 and featured in the 2015 World Cup, where he memorably crossed the white line against the All Blacks. He's set to lead the side out as captain in Japan.
Forwards: Andre Rademeyer, Nelius Theron, Desiderius Sethie, A J de Klerk, Johannes Coetzee, Obert Nortje, Louis van der Westhuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Tjiuee Uanivi, Johan Retief, Thomasau Forbes, Rohan Kitshoff, Max Katjijeko, Prince Gaoseb, Wian Conradie, P J van Lill, Adriaan Booysen, Janco Venter.
Backs: Cliven Loubser, Helarius Kisting, Damian Stevens, Eugene Jantjies, Darryl de la Harpe, Johan Deysel (captain), Justin Newman, J C Greyling, Johann Tromp, Chad Plato, Lesley Klim, Janry du Toit, P J Walters.
Pool draw (NZT)
Italy v Namibia, Higashiosaka City, 5:15pm
South Africa v Namibia, Toyota City, 9:45pm
New Zealand v Namibia, Tokyo, 5:45pm (live)
Namibia v Canada, Kamaishi City