The Namibian rugby union team, nicknamed the Welwitschias, represent Namibia at rugby union. Although they are a tier-three nation in the International Rugby Board (IRB) tier system, the team have become regular participants at the Rugby World Cup since their first appearance in 1999. They are governed by the Namibia Rugby Union.
Namibia has been playing international rugby since the early 1900s. As well as having competed at the World Cup, Namibia annully competes in the Africa Cup. Until independence, players for Namibia were also eligible to represent South Africa, with Namibian born Springboks including Jan Ellis and, more recently, Percy Montgomery.