The pressure will be on New Zealand as they take to the field for their second match at the Rugby World Cup this year. The All Blacks were handed a rare group stage defeat in their opening match, and they will be looking to avoid suffering one of the biggest shocks in rugby union history on Friday when they collide with Namibia.
You can find the latest rugby odds and our New Zealand vs Namibia betting analysis below.
New Zealand vs. Namibia Information
New Zealand vs Namibia
Location of the Game: Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France
Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023. 3:00 PM ET
Where to Watch: Peacock
New Zealand vs. Namibia Recent Scores
The New Zealand vs Namibia betting analysis shows that this will be the third time in as many editions of the World Cup that these two nations have locked horns.
However, both of the previous two clashes have been difficult for Namibia, with the All Blacks winning comfortably in both London and Tokyo in 2015 and 2019, respectively. The most recent win for the All Blacks against their rivals was a 71-9 success at Tokyo Stadium.
New Zealand vs. Namibia Betting Analysis
New Zealand Preview
There will be pressure on the All Blacks on Friday as they compete in their second match in Group A. New Zealand were handed a very rare defeat in the pool stage in their opening match, as they suffered defeat against France in Paris. But this is an ideal match to get their campaign back on track and lift them back into the required position in the rugby standings.
Sam Whitelock will make history on Friday, as he will become the joint-highest capped player in All Blacks history. The second row will make his 148th appearance for the nation, which will also be his 21st at the World Cup.
New Zealand have made a total of nine changes from the team that were beaten by France, with Beauden Barrett one of the few who retains his spot.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 13, 2023
Namibia will also be playing their second match at the World Cup this year, but they will come into this showdown with the All Blacks with limited pressure on their shoulders. They will be among the huge outside selections when making rugby union predictions, and they looked outclassed in their opening match, as they were easily beaten 52-8 by Italy.
In fact, Namibia have struggled against Tier 1 nations throughout their history, as they have recorded just four wins. Interestingly, all victories were recorded in 1991, and they are without a win since their victory over Ireland. Meanwhile, this will be their 23rd match at the World Cup, and they are yet to land a victory.
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Here’s the Namibia Rugby Union team for their second #RugbyWorldCup2023 match against New Zealand in Toulouse | France 💪🏽
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— Namibia Rugby (@namibia_rugby) September 13, 2023
Sam Cane is absent for the All Blacks this weekend. While Damian McKenzie and Brodie Retallick are among the stars that will be handed starts this weekend. Namibia have called up Adriaan Booysen and Dean Greyling.
New Zealand vs. Namibia Betting Preview
- Moneyline: As expected, the All Blacks are the heavy -100000 favorites, with Namibia priced up at a massive +6600.
- Spread: New Zealand are +100 to cover the (-72) spread.
- Total: The over 84 match points is odds-on at -110.
New Zealand vs. Namibia Betting Prediction
The New Zealand vs Namibia betting analysis tells the story for this match in the World Cup on Friday. It is incredibly challenging to overlook the dominance of the All Blacks, and we fully expect them to get their campaign back on track with a high-scoring victory.
- Pick: New Zealand (-72) (+100)