Junior Sevens Training Camp Announced

SARU has announced a Junior Sevens Training Camp in anticipation of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2013, and its plan for participation at the 2016 Olympics. Photo: SuppliedThe future stars of Women’s Rugby in South Africa will give their first step towards international participation during the upcoming weekend when 26 of the brightest young girl prospects will assemble for a Sevens training camp in Cape Town.

The promising youngsters were selected after the inaugural SARU Girls Under-16 Week was held in Kimberley two weeks ago. This assembly is the first phase in the selection process to identify and prepare a squad who will participate in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival next January.

Six girls of Western Province were selected, while Border have four representatives and Boland and SWD three players each.

Mahlubi Puzi, the SARU Manager for Women’s Rugby, described the training camp as a significant step in the process to develop Rugby at all levels for female participants.

“Their ages range from 14-17 years and they have been selected on the basis of their performances in Kimberley. It is vital that we start to put the building blocks into place as we plan for participation at the 2016 Olympics.

“They will undergo fitness and medical tests and we will then reduce the number of players to form a smaller group based on the results of these tests,” explained Puzi.


The SARU Junior Girls Sevens training camp Squad, in Cape Town from 27-29 July 2012:
Ntsako Faith Tshauke – Blue Bulls
Areesa Grain – Boland
Micaela Witbooi – Boland
Zanilee Fransman – Boland
Lusanda Dumka – Border
Yanga Ndabeni – Border
Simamkele Namba – Border
Asisipho Dotwana – Border
Eldrika Baartman – Eastern Province
Zandile Khumalo – Golden Lions
Bonakele Sibiya – Golden Lions
Leilani Januarie – Griquas
Mandy Mhlongo – KwaZulu–Natal
Lethukutha Hadebe – KwaZulu–Natal
Welmarie Wessels – Leopards
Phumla Sambo – Mpumalanga
Sindi Mathonsi – Mpumalanga
Atheana Botha – SWD
Christal Williams – SWD
Veronique Maswati – SWD
Jill Christians – Western Province
Annique Geswind – Western Province
Sinazo Mcatshulwa – Western Province
Gretchen Bezuidenhout – Western Province
Kimico Manuel – Western Province
Crystal Stoffels – Western Province
Khayalethu Malotana (Head Coach)
Denver Wannies (National Coach)
Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe (Team Manager)


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