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NamibiaThe French Barbarians recovered from an early seven-point deficit to beat Namibia 35-14 in Toulon on Friday.

PJ van Lill scored in the fifth minute and Theuns Kotze converted to get Namibia off to the perfect start, but the Barbarians notched 21 points in 15 minutes without reply thanks to a try from Rodrigo Capo Ortega and two from Jules Plisson.

Alexandre Bias and Florian Fresia also scored tries for the hosts while Plisson added the conversions.

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NamibiaLoose forward Tinus du Plessis will miss Namibia’s match against the French Barbarians this Friday in Toulon after failing to recover from a calf strain.

Du Plessis was injured in training last week in Colwyn Bay, Wales but was included in the starting line-up for the second match on the Namibian Northern Hemisphere Tour – subject to a fitness test.

The 39 test veteran went for a run Tuesday and still had discomfort in his left calf.

It was decided to pull him out of the match 23 and allow him more time to recover ahead of the test against Portugal on the 22 November.

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NamibiaNamibia coach Danie Vermeulen has named an exciting squad for their second match of the November tour to take on the French Barbarians in Toulon on Friday.

Fullback Russell van Wyk and centre JC Greyling will get their first opportunity of the tour, after missing out on Namibia’s 13-17 defeat to Canada in Wales. The starting XV shows 6 changes and one positional switch.

Loose forward Tinus du Plessis has been included in the starting line-up, subject to a fitness test he will undergo on Wednesday, after he injured a calf muscle before the Canada match. If he is unable to play, the back row will be reshuffled with Morné Blom moving from lock to flank, Stefan Neustädt will come in from the bench to partner Tjiuee Uanive at lock, and hooker DG Wiese will be on the bench.

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End Of Year Tours - 2013Ting Ting… Round 3 of the End Of Year Tours and it is another weekend filled with lots of rugby. This weekend has a total of 11 clashes and some great ones to predict.

When the Southern teams go North, every match is hyped up as both hemispheres want to prove a point and claim global domination. The big games this weekend to look forward to is England vs New Zealand, Ireland vs Australia and finally Scotland vs South Africa. All in all a good weekend ahead for rugby and it should be enjoyed the world over.

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The Lions have finally announced their proposed fixtures to be played in lieu of Super Rugby participation in 2013.

The fixtures include matches from the “Lions Challenge”, as well as some friendlies against Super Rugby opposition as well as a number of international, American and European club sides.

The full media release from the Lions follows:

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