10 Days to Rugby World Cup

With 10 days to go to the start of the third IRB-sanctioned Women’s Rugby World Cup, South African coach David Dobela is quietly confident that his team will be able to ruffle a few feathers. 

 

Speaking today from Pretoria, Dobela said: “Yes, we’re feeling good, I’m very confident that we will do well, we’ll compete well.

“South Africa will be rated as underdogs, as we’re seeded 11th out of 12 participating teams, many will view us as a wild-card entry,” said Dobela.

Things may however not be that simple. South Africa has not previously played against Australia, their first competition, and the following two matches prior to the knock-out stage are against England and Ireland, where the game has been played for over a century.

But coach Dobela doesn’t seem intimidated, saying: ”We are very competitive, and we want to improve our ratings, we’re looking to break into the top 6 teams.

“We are playing in this tournament for the cup, we want to come back as champions, and with our underdog status, we will be able to surprise a few people,” said Dobela

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Dobela’s determination may be well grounded. Since May 2005, when the Springboks conceded 101 points to England at Twickenham without scoring a point, things are looking on the up.

New Zealand’s Black Ferns are the defending champions after their 19-9 victory over England in the final of the 2002 Barcelona World Cup, and are favourably rated by some to win their third consecutive title next month.

Played every four years, the World Cup is women’s rugby’s most important spectacle, and IRB recognition has earned it media coverage and deserved recognition.

The Springbok women’s squad will be hosted by SARU President Oregan Hoskins at a gala farewell dinner on Wednesday, following which the team will fly out for Edmonton, Canada on Thursday.

Pool Stage Fixtures:

31/08/2006

New Zealand vs Canada

Spain vs Scotland

Kazakhstan vs Samoa

Australia vs South Africa

Ireland vs France

England vs USA

4/09/2006

New Zealand vs Samoa   

Ireland vs USA

Kazakhstan vs Scotland

England vs South Africa

Australia vs France

Spain vs Canada

8/09/2006

Spain vs Samoa

Ireland vs South Africa

Kazakhstan vs Canada

Australia vs USA

England vs France

New Zealand vs Scotland


Full Squad:

1    Wendy Adlem

2    Nadine Barnard

3    Saloma Zaneen Booysen

4    Ingrid Botha

5    Ramona Brown

6    Louise Du Pisanie

7    Marie-Lee Michelle Erasmus

8    Natasha Yolanda Hofmeester

9    Sipokazi Patricia Jonga

10    Nelisiwe Wendy Khumalo

11    Cebisa Kula

12    Yolandi Marais

13    Dolly Mavumengwana

14    Yolanda Meiring

15    Lamla Momoti

16    Marijke Jose Nel

17    Zandile Nojoko

18    Zolisa Noxeke

19    Fundiswa Plaatjie

20    Magdalene Alice Pylman

21    Marie Schoeman

22    Namhla Vannesa Siyolo

23    Nomsa Tendekwana

24    Nomsebenzi Agnes Tsotsobe

25    Babalwa Vena

26    Mandisa Williams

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