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Namibia want to win and not compete against Tonga

Coach Phil Davies has made eight changes to his team who are bidding to secure Namibia's first World Cup win.

Head coach Phil Davies at a joint training session with his team and the Springboks. Picture: Facebook Namibia Rugby Union.

LONDON - Namibia are preparing to play with high intensity from the start as they bid to secure their first World Cup victory in the Pool C clash with Tonga in Exeter on Tuesday.

The African side earned plaudits for a brave performance in their opening 58-14 loss to world champions New Zealand.

"If we start slow against them, Tonga will punish us," captain Jacques Burger told reporters on Monday.

"It remains our goal to win it's not impossible. We know how tough Tonga are as a rugby side. We want to win. Not to compete, but to win."

"It'll be tough but we want to do everything in our power to do that."

Tonga lost 17-10 to Georgia following a lacklustre display in their first game but Namibia will not be taking them lightly.

"Tonga are a really dangerous side," Burger said.

"They've got a very physical way of playing. When we do kick we have to make a good chase. We have to chase really hard. What we lack in skills, or speed and power, we have to make up in desire."

Coach Phil Davies has made eight changes to his team who are bidding to secure Namibia's first World Cup win at the 17th attempt.

"We try to get the best 15 on the pitch and want a high-intensity performance with lots of belief, effort and courage,"

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