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Jacques Burger: Welwitschias can do better

by Francis Chanda


Welwitschias captain, Jacques Burger, believes the rugby national team can do better at international level if some of the issues the team is facing in Namibia are resolved.

Speaking to The Villager during a telephone interview from Swakopmund, Burger said the Namibian rugby team has the potential to perform better if current problems, especially those that are linked to financial difficulties, are addressed. 

These financial constraints, according to Burger, are the reasons why many of the people involved in rugby at management level only take up the sport as part- time which is not the case in most countries such as South Africa.

“Due to the financial difficulties the rugby union faces, it is unable to employ full-time employees to deal with management issues and only rely on some individuals that have a passion for the sport to help out on a part-time basis,” said Burger. 

The above factors, he said, have contributed to the slow development of Namibian rugby which has the potential to develop into one of the best in the world because the country has a lot of talent. 

The rugby union needs more finances to make it possible for the team to prepare effectively for international games such as the just ended rugby world cup. 

Burger said he is still committed to the team and will continue doing his best for the team. He said his team mates are all committed and they hope to perform better in the next world cup.

Team manager, Gregory Olivier, also said the financial difficulties the rugby union is facing are one of the reasons why the team has not been performing well at international level.

“The team did not play enough friendly games in preparation for the world cup because the rugby union did not have enough finances to organise such games,” he said.