Four New Faces in Springbok Women’s Squad for Dubai SVNS

Four players will make their SVNS debut after Springbok Women’s Sevens coach has Renfred Dazel named his 13-women squad for the Dubai leg of the Tournament taking place from 2-3 December 2023. Photo: Women Boks on X

Four uncapped players are included in the Springbok Women’s Sevens squad announced by coach Renfred Dazel in his 13-women squad for the Dubai leg of the HSBC SVNS Tournament, from 2-3 December, 2023. 

Kyla de Vries, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, Shiniqwa Lamprecht and Maria Tshiremba are all available to play on the world stage for the first time. Lamprecht was capped at Junior Springbok level but she has not played for the Springbok Women’s Sevens before.

“We have trained hard over the last couple of months, specifically to be competitive against the top sides. We are determined to finish in the top eight at the end of the series and stay on the circuit.”

Springbok Womens Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel

Both De Vries and Tshiremba have international experience. De Vries represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in 2022, and Tshiremba formed part of the squad that claimed the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Cup in Tunisia last month, which secured the Springbok Women qualification to the Olympic Games in Paris next year.

Janse van Rensburg made her debut for the team in the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Stellenbosch earlier this year, where South Africa won both Tournaments to claim HSBC SVNS core status.

The squad is strong on experience, and despite the quartet of possible debutants, both co-captains, Mathrin Simmers and Zintle Mpupha, have played in the World Series before.

Simmers is the most-capped Springbok Women’s Sevens player of all time, with 14 tournaments, with Mpupha and current SA Rugby Women’s Player of the Year, Nadine Roos, will both be playing in their seventh World Series event.

“We are low on Tournament caps, but only Shiniqwa has not played against the big teams on the circuit, so I am confident that we will embrace this opportunity,” said Dazel.

The team trained against Belgium in the last two weeks and played in a couple of matches against the Europeans, where Eloise Webb was unfortunately ruled out of contention for the Dubai and Cape Town Tournaments, after sustaining an ankle injury.

“It is unfortunate indeed, as she has played at two Rugby World Cups and five Tournaments in the series in the past, so we will miss that experience, but that gave Shiniqwa her opportunity,” said Dazel.

“We trained with a good, wider squad, and I am thankful for the support received from SA Rugby for being able to do that. We now must go and implement all those training sessions in the matches we will play.”

Simmers said it is now time to build towards the team’s next goal: “We fought hard to get onto the circuit and were proud to achieve that goal of qualifying. The big mission now is to make sure we finish in the top eight and stay on the series automatically.

“It will be a tough assignment, but we are determined to make the best of it. There will be smiles on our faces, because we enjoy massive challenges thrown at us,” added Simmers.

Springbok Women’s Sevens squad for Dubai

Forwards

Zintle Mpupha (co-captain) – 6 Tournaments, 40 Points (8 Tries)
Liske Lategan – 3 Tournaments, 10 Points (2 Tries)
Rights Mkhari – 2 Tournaments, 10 Points (2 Tries)
Asisipho Plaatjies – 2 Tournaments, 0 Points
Simamkele Namba – 1 Tournament, 0 Points
Kyla de Vries – Uncapped

Backs:

Mathrin Simmers (co-captain) – 14 Tournaments, 35 Points (7 Tries)
Nadine Roos – 6 Tournaments, 90 Points (14 Tries, 10 Conversions)
Libbie Janse van Rensburg – Uncapped
Marlize de Bruyn – 1 Tournament, 5 Points (1 try)
Shiniqwa Lamprecht – Uncapped
Maria Tshiremba – Uncapped
Ayanda Malinga – 1 Tournament, 10 Points (2 Tries)

Emirates Dubai 7s Fixtures on Saturday, 2 December 2023 (All Times CAT)

07:00 Pool C, Match 1: USA v Spain (Pitch 1)
07:00 Pool C, Match 2: France v Canada (Pitch 2)
07:22 Pool B, Match 3: Australia v Brazil (Pitch 1)
07:22 Pool B, Match 4: Ireland v Japan (Pitch 2)
07:44 Pool A, Match 5: New Zealand v South Africa (Pitch 1)
07:44 Pool A, Match 6: Fiji v Great Britain (Pitch 2)
09:15 Pool C, Match 7: France v Spain (Pitch 1)
09:37 Pool C, Match 8: USA v Canada (Pitch 1)
09:59 Pool B, Match 9: Ireland v Brazil (Pitch 1)
10:21 Pool B, Match 10: Australia v Japan (Pitch 1)
10:43 Pool A, Match 11: Fiji v South Africa (Pitch 1)
11:05 Pool A, Match 12: New Zealand v Great Britain (Pitch 1)
13:45 Pool C, Match 13: Canada v Spain (Pitch 1)
14:07 Pool C, Match 14: USA v France (Pitch 1)
14:29 Pool B, Match 15: Japan v Brazil (Pitch 1)
14:51 Pool B, Match 16: Australia v Ireland (Pitch 1)
15:13 Pool A, Match 17: Great Britain v South Africa (Pitch 1)
15:35 Pool A, Match 18: New Zealand v Fiji (Pitch 1)

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Main Photo caption: Four players will make their SVNS debut after Springbok Women’s Sevens coach has Renfred Dazel named his 13-women squad for the Dubai leg of the Tournament taking place from 2-3 December 2023. Photo: Women Boks on X

Photo 2 Caption: The uncapped quartet includes Kyla de Vries, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, Shiniqwa Lamprecht and Maria Tshiremba, who are all looking forward to their turn to wear South Africa’s green and gold. Photo: Women Boks on X

Photo 3 Caption: Co-captain Mathrin Simmers says the big challenge now is to finish in the top eight, and stay secure automatic series qualification going forward. Photo: Women Boks on X

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