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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Senekal hits out at Namibia
Heino Senekal
Senekal has been disappointed by Namibia's World Cup preparations
Namibia's preparations for the World Cup are not good enough for the tournament, according to international lock Heino Senekal.

Senekal, who plays his club rugby for Welsh side Cardiff Blues, revealed the preparations for the 1999 World Cup were "10 times better".

And he insisted that unless the coaching staff and players took a more professional approach to training, they could expect even bigger defeats than four years ago.

In 1999, Namibia conceded 175 points in three matches and Senekal told the BBC Sport website: "We definitely have the players to avoid that.

"But the way our preparations are going at the moment, we can expect even worse scorelines coming our way."

Namibia's squad is made up of a mix of professionals and amateurs, and much of the players' training is done on their own.

Senekal added: "Our preparations in 1999 were definitely better, with everyone doing things as a squad and for the squad.

Obviously I'd like to win every game out there but we have to be realistic
Heino Senekal

"At the moment we all seem to be doing our own things and it's not good enough. It's not professional at all.

"I think we could do well in the World Cup but I'm feeling our preparations are not what they should be for a great tournament like the World Cup. There's not enough training or enough games."

The Welwitschias, as the team are known, have enjoyed just four tournament warm-up games, playing Samoa, South Africa A and lowly Kenya twice.

As a result, the bulky forward believes the results are less important as they attempt to spread the popularity of the sport in their homeland.

"Obviously I'd like to win every game out there but we have to be realistic," he added.

"The plan now is to play good rugby and enjoy ourselves. If we pick up a win on the way then so be it."

A solitary win, which would be Namibia's first in World Cup history, can be the only realistic goal against fellow Pool A strugglers Romania.

Australia, Argentina and Ireland will prove a class too far.

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