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Sunday, June 27, 1999 Published at 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK


Sport: Rugby Union

Henry plays down cup hopes

The result will inevitably boost Welsh expectations

Wales coach Graham Henry says his team have only an "outside chance" of World Cup victory - despite home advantage and Saturday's victory over holders South Africa.

Wales beat the Springboks for the first time in their history, 29-19 at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The new arena is the venue for the World Cup final later this year but Henry says his side have no realistic chance of playing in that showpiece occasion.


[ image: Henry: Outside chance]
Henry: Outside chance
He told BBC Radio 5 Live that a number of sides are all still better than his own team.

"I think we have an outside chance," he said.

"There are four, five or six teams around the world who are better than us.

"If we do it right on the day in each game we play, we might have a chance, but realistically I don't think we will be there at the final.

"The All Blacks, South Africa, England and Australia are all good sides who are better than us."

Henry admitted that recent results were encouraging, and denied he was indulging in psychology to prevent his jubilant players getting carried away.

"I'm being genuine," he insisted.





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