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Friday, September 17, 1999 Published at 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK


Player Profiles


Andrei Kovalenko


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There is no point going into the World Cup without a reliable goal-kicker and the men from Spain have certainly found that in Ukrainian-born Andrei Kovalenko.

The 28-year-old was crucially on target with 18 points as Spain qualified for the World Cup against neighbours Portugal in their 21-17 win.

His team may struggle, but Kovalenko at least will be hoping to make a mark on the tournament.

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Fernando de la Calle


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Spain will be looking for de la Calle to provide valuable points, as the hooker from the Valladoid Club has a propensity for try-scoring.

He has crossed the line six times, since making his debut for Spain in 1992.

A veteran of the unsuccessful qualification campaign for the 1995 finals, he brings vital experience to the crucial front row area with 33 caps.

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Alvar Encisco


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Never missed a game as Spain made it to the 1999 finals, the 25 year-old centre from El Salvador club crossed the line in the qualifier against Andorra.

Brings the experience of 28 caps and four tries to the Spanish back line - but he is unlikely to get much joy against the powerhouses of South Africa and Scotland.

Encisco made his debut in 1995 against Switzerland.

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Albert Malo


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Spanish captain Malo brings some much-needed experience to a side participating in their first World Cup.

The back-rower has played for Spain 69 times, which puts him fourth on their all-time list of most capped players, and took them through the qualification stage as they beat Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic and Andorra.

He is the only Spaniard to experience the New Zealand National Provincial Championship.

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Jordi Camps


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As with all the World Cup minnows, Spain will find it toughest up front and will need all the big-hearted forwards they can find - like Jordi Camps.

This 17-stone student from the Santboiana club made his debut in 1993 and has amassed 21 caps helping Spain qualify for 1999.

He played in the qualification in 1995 and showed he knows where the try-line is by finding his way onto the scoresheet with tries against Belgium and Poland in 1998.

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