The Namibian winger with a Kiwi link

The Namibian winger with a Kiwi link

The All Blacks have been forced to make a change to their team to face Namibia in their second Rugby World Cup pool match tomorrow morning.

Loose forward Liam Messam is out with a calf injury and has been replaced by Jerome Kaino.

Everyone is expecting the match to be a one-sided romp – Namibia have never won a World Cup match in 15 attempts, and are the bottom-ranked team at the World Cup.

While they may have no chance against the top-ranked All Blacks, they do have a Kiwi connection. 

Namibian winger David Philander used to play Heartland Rugby for Poverty Bay, and now he's about to mark Julian Savea at London's Olympic stadium.

"What other way to measure yourself than against the world's best ever winger? He's got the size on me – there's a reason he's called 'the bus' – and I hope I've got a ticket to get on that bus."

The 28-year-old played at the last World Cup and then decided he would stay in New Zealand to see where his rugby career could take him.

"I've grown as a person and as a rugby player," Philander says. "It's a decision I won't regret."

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