Massive Attack as Boks Prepare for European Test Match Tour

Massive Attack as Boks Prepare for European Test Match Tour

Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer assembled a squad featuring 11 international players in Stellenbosch as the team kick off their preparations on Sunday for their first round of Test matches since the 2014 Women’s Rugby Cup.

Included in the 32-member squad are four players from the 2014 showpiece, Nolusindiso Booi, Tayla Kinsey, Fundiswa Plaatjie and Thantaswa Macingwana, while seven capped Springbok Women’s Sevens players, Kirsten Conrad, Nosiphiso Goda, Babalwa Latsha, Zintle Mpupha, Zinhle Ndawonde, Snenhlanhla Shozi and Eloise Webb, were also included.

The squad – which will be reduced to 28 players before their departure to Europe on 30 October – will face the UK Armed Forces in London on Friday, 2 November, Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, 10 November, Spain in Villajoyosa on Saturday, 17 November, and Italy in Prato on Sunday, 25 November.

“The most important aspects from the outset would be to develop a good rapport with the players, and to work on the basics on the training field,” – Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer

Several players who were members of the SA Select Women’s squad that faced the British Army and the England Academy team on a three-match tour to the UK in October last year were also included.

Raubenheimer said the focus in the first few days of the camp would be to get the squad to gel on and off the field and to put the necessary structures in place.

“We only have a few days to prepare for the tour, so it is important that we are able to implement the basic aspects of the game very well by the time we play our first game.

“Fortunately we will face the British Armed Forces first, which will be a good start to the tour as it will allow us to build some momentum before the first Test.”

Raubenheimer added: “This tour will serve as a good yardstick to measure where we are after a few seasons out of the international arena, so while although it is a big occasion for the squad, it is important that the players enjoy their rugby as well.”

 

Tour Fixtures:
Friday, 2 November: UK Armed Forces vs SA (London) 
Saturday, 10 November: Wales vs SA (Cardiff Arms Park)
Saturday, 17 November: Spain vs SA (Villajoyosa)
Sunday, 25 November: Italy vs SA (Prato)

 

Springbok Women’s squad (In alphabetical order):

  1. Nolusindiso Booi (lock), Western Province
  2. Kirsten Conrad (flyhalf), Western Province
  3. Karthy Dludla (lock), KZN
  4. Lusanda Dumke (flanker), Border
  5. Annique Geswind (hooker), Western Province
  6. Nosiphiwo Goda (winger), Border
  7. Lindelwa Gwala (hooker), KZN
  8. Aseza Hele (flanker), Eastern Province
  9. Alana-Lee Horne (utility back), Western Province
  10. Felicia Jacobs (scrumhalf), Western Province
  11. Charmaine Kayser (No 8), Western Province
  12. Tayla Kinsey (scrumhalf), KZN
  13. Babalwa Latsha (prop), Western Province
  14. Thantaswa Macingwana (hooker), Blue Bulls
  15. Kamohele Makoele (flanker), Free State
  16. Ayanda Malinga (winger), Pumas
  17. Nthabiseng Marutla (lock), Blue Bulls
  18. Vuyolwethu Maqholo (utility back), Western Province
  19. Sinazo Mcatshulwa (flanker), Western Province
  20. Pennbry McNamara (hooker), Golden Lions
  21. Katlego Moremi (prop), Blue Bulls
  22. Zintle Mpupha (flyhalf), SA Rugby
  23. Lihle Mzimkulu (flanker), Western Province
  24. Zinhle Ndawonde (centre), KZN
  25. Demi Nel (centre), Western Province
  26. Aphiwe Ngwevu (centre), Border
  27. Yonela Ngxingolo (prop), Border
  28. Siyanda Pikoli (lock), Eastern Province
  29. Fundiswa Plaatjie (scrumhalf), Border
  30. Snenhlanhla Shozi (fullback), Border
  31. Bernice Strydom (lock), Free State
  32. Eloise Webb (fullback), Border

 

Photo 1 captionA Women Boks Twitter photo post featuring the top end of a great skill set assembled by Springbok women coach Stanley Raubenheimer to prepare for his team’s first round of test matches since the 2014 Womens’ World Cup. Photo: @WomenBoks

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