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Last Updated: Monday, 22 September, 2003, 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK
Namibia lose four players
Lean van Dyk (right) is worried about his career in South Africa
Lean van Dyk (right) is worried about his career in South Africa
Namibia have become the latest of the smaller countries to be hit by players withdrawing from the World Cup for financial reasons.

Four Namibians playing professional rugby in South Africa have pulled out of the squad.

Namibia coach Dave Waterston confirmed that hooker Hugo Horn, prop Jane du Toit, lock Johannes Theron and full-back Lean van Dyk had been replaced by Shaun van Rooi, Andries Blaauw, Phillipus Isaacs and Vincent Dreyer.

Under International Rugby Board (IRB) rules the quartet will not be allowed to play in South Africa's Currie Cup competition during the World Cup.

"It is a blow to lose some of these players. Now we are going to have to hope we don't have too many injuries because it makes us less competitive at the tournament," Waterston said.

"Those players will not play in the Currie Cup, we are going to make an example of them. If they change their minds this week it won't get them back in the squad.

"It is out of my hands now, it is a Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) decision but this is the final squad for the World Cup."

Van Dyk told the Reuters news agency he would appeal to the NRU.

"I understand the IRB ruling which says I can't play for Western Province if selected by Namibia but I have spoken to the NRU and asked them to understand my situation," he said.

"It's a tough choice but I have made the decision to play for Western Province and further my career here. I'm 27 and rugby will not last forever."

Namibia open their World Cup campaign on 14 October when they play Argentina.

Revised Namibia squad:

Backs: Vincent Dreyer, Jurie Booysen, Melrick Africa, Deon Mouton, Corne Powell, Du Preez Grobler, Regardt Kruger, Rudie van Vuuren, Morne Schreuder, Ronaldo Pedro, Hakkies Husselman, Emile Wessels, Desmond Snyders, Niel Swanepoel.
Forwards: Neil du Toit, Johan Jenkins, Kees Lensing, Andries Blaauw, Shaun van Rooi, JM Meyer, Heino Senekal, Phillipus Isaacs, Eben Isaacs, Wolfie Duvenhage, Schalk van der Merwe, Herman Lintvelt, Sean Furter (captain), Jurgens van Lill, Archie Graham, Cor van Tonder.

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