Namibian dentists, farmers and traders get ready to face All Blacks

    Story highlights

    • Namibia have yet to record their first Rugby World Cup win
    • The team includes engineers, a dentist, students and a diamond trader
    • Captain Jacques Burger will play in his third world cup and hopes to bow out in style

    (CNN)Reigning Rugby World Cup champions the All Blacks have 38 tournament wins, 274 tries, and 2,038 points to their name.

    After four tournaments and 15 attempts, Namibia have yet to win a match.
      On paper it doesn't appear a fair fight -- but then again, most of the New Zealand team don't have to work a 9-to-5.
        Littered with amateurs, the Namibia squad counts a dentist, a diamond trader, farmers, engineers and several students amongst its numbers. The lowest ranked team at this year's World Cup, they line up against the All Blacks at the Olympic Stadium in London at 21:00 CET to test their mettle against rugby's most formidable side.
        The result will barely matter though; their journey to the tournament is a triumphant underdog story in itself.

        The road to the World Cup

        Competitive sport can strain even the closest bonds.
        "People say it's easier working for your Dad... it's not that easy. He's supportive, but he's ok with it."
        This is not England fly half Owen Farrell describing his father Andy, backs coach of the national team.
        Darryl de la Harpe works a full-time job back home in Namibia, and earlier this year had to ask his father for a few extra hours a week to train with the national squad.

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        De la Harpe is one of Namibia's amateur players, a group who rise every morning for training at 5am, go to work, then afterward train again until 8pm. Before flying to England, De la Harpe had survived off four hours sleep for months; others traveled 300km round trips to make training sessions.
        But today all their hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Squaring up to the All Blacks, the odds will be stacked against them. "We only have 2.3 million people in Namibia, only 1,000 registered players," explains de la Harpe. Just reaching the tournament is "a really big achievement."
        The nation have yet to win a match at the Rugby World Cup, and once succumbed to a 142-0 drumming by Australia in 2003, but there's genuine belief in the camp that they'll put on a good show.
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        "This is definitely the best Namibian squad I've been involved with, hands down," says captain and Saracens flanker Jacques Burger.
        Known as one of the sport's hardest hitters, the talismanic leader of the Welwitschias should know -- he's been around long enough. After suffering disappointment in 2007 a