Danelle Lochner is the latest Springbok Women’s player to join her South African teammates at Harlequins Women, according to an update on X by the iconic English rugby club on 2 November, 2023.
Lochner will compete for Harlequins Women in the Rugby Football Union’s (FRU) elite competition, the Allianz Premiership.
The lock joins Bok women captain Babalwa Latsha – who extended her stay, and will spending a second season at the club.
And further news is that South African front row specialist, Aseza Hele dramatically red-carded in the Bok Women’s WXV-2 tie against Italy in South Africa two weeks ago, is also bound for the Twickenham Stoop.
There are a host of Bok women players in the Premiership this season, with Lindelwa Gwala due to run out for Ealing Trailfinders, Catha Jacobs at the Leicester Tigers, and Amber Schonert who could feature for Sale Sharks.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity that I have been given, and super excited about this,” said Lochner.
“To be playing amongst the best players in the world will be a massive opportunity to grow my game, and develop as a player. I am hoping to expand my skill set, and learn from this new environment.
“It is great that our players are been seen and asked to join those international teams, as it will build our depth and experience in the squad, and that is great.”
Lochner, a former Proteas netball player, made her Springbok debut against Canada earlier this year and played in all 10 tests in 2023, scoring two tries.
Photo Caption: Danelle Lochner (right) is due to join Springbok women captain Babalwa Latsha (left) at iconic English Rugby Club, Harlequins Women, where a third Bok player Aseza Hele will also later make her way to the UK to join her two South African team mates. Photo: Harlequins Women on X