national women’s rugby coach David Dobela is upbeat following his team’s recent
training camp held at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria from Nov 30-Dec

Dobela hailed
the camp a success, and told gsport that there was an improvement in the skill
level of players especially with handling and running skills.

responded well and are keen to learn and were put into a very intense
programme. During their fitness test there was an improvement
in their fitness but they also need to work harder and must improve
their fitness levels, especially in aerobic and strength training.

Dobela has appealed to all provinces to assist in the
development of women’s rugby and thanked Lotto and the Department of Sport for
their role in the upliftment of women’s rugby.

Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe, who captained the Springbok
women’s team at last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, and was part of the
32-member training squad, agreed with Dobela that the camp was a success.

"What I enjoyed most was the way we trained.  It was different from
the last camps; it was more focused on our fitness level and tackling and the
fast way of playing rugby.

"We just need
to try master bleep test and watch our diet, other than that SA women’s players
are very keen and confident this time around and we just want to make things

The Springbok
women’s team play a two-test series against Scotland next June, and Tsotsobe
believes competitive rugby is exactly what women’s rugby needs to expose them
to international opposition more often.

"In order for
the National team to deliver good quality rugby and fit players, I believe that
the structure and the strategy of women’s rugby should be dealt in the right
way. We know we disappointed the nation when we lost badly at last year’s World
Cup, but we are still passionate about playing for our country."

In the coming
months, there will be a strong focus on the Sevens team in preparation for 2009
Rugby World Cup in Dubai.