Western Province rugby star Natasha Hofmeester is one of the contenders for selection to represent South Africa at the 2011 Confederation of African Rugby tournament in Botswana. File photo: Supplied

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has named a large SA Sevens Women training squad in preparation for the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament next month in Botswana.

A squad of 28 players will assemble from 22 – 25 September in Port Elizabeth to start with preparations for the tournament that will be the local Women’s first Sevens outing since the 2009 Rugby World Cup in Dubai, where the team reached the semi-finals.

SA Women coach, Denver Wannies, said he was looking forward again to work with the group of players. “Unfortunately, there are not many opportunities for them to play Sevens. However, we must make the most of the opportunity in Botswana and there is also the possibility of the team playing at the end of year in Dubai.

“We have some good young talent coming through from the Under-20 ranks and our provincial structures, and together with our experienced crop of senior players, we should be able to select a good, competitive team,” said Wannies.

According to the coach, he will reduce the enlarged squad to just 15 players at the end of the second camp which is scheduled for mid-October.

The CAR tournament takes place on 29-30 October and apart from SA and the host country, will also include other southern African teams such as Zimbabwe and Kenya.


The Players Invited attending the SA Sevens Training Camp from 22-25 September, 2011, in Port Elizabeth:

Yolanda Meiring (Blue Bulls)
Judith Chauke (Blue Bulls)
Marithy Pienaar (Blue Bulls)
Shona-Leah Weston (Blue Bulls)
Celeste Adonis (Boland)
Chrisna van Slicht (Boland)
Mandisa Williams (Border)
Ziyanda Tywaleni (Border)
Nolusindiso Booi (Border)
Nwabisa Ngxatu (Border)
Sinazo Nobele (Border)
Lamla Momoti (Eastern Province)
Zandile Nojoko (Eastern Province)
Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province)
Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province)
Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province)
Nombulelo Mayongo (Griffons)
Lusanda Mtiya (KwaZulu-Natal)
Nomzamo Mtiya (KwaZulu-Natal)
Welmarie Wessels (Leopards)
Ester Mahlangu (Mpumalanga)
Linah Sibiloane (Mpumalanga)
Onicca Moaga (SWD)
Natasha Hofmeester (Western Province)
Charmaine Kayser (Western Province)
Aimee Barrett (Western Province)
Janine Felix (Western Province)
Elma Kemp (Western Province)


Team Management:

Denver Wannies (coach)
Orna Prinsloo (team manager)
Tanushree Pillay (physiotherapist)
Denzil van Heerden (biokineticist)
Dr Jerome Mampane (team doctor)