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.
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