Cape Town - Springbok
Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer included 18 members of the 2018 team in a
squad of 40 players who have been invited to a national women’s assessment camp
in Worcester next week.
include Nolusindiso Booi, who captained the Springbok Women on their European
Tour in November last year, vice-captains Babalwa Latsha and Zinhle Ndawonde,
and stalwarts Tayla Kinsey, Thantaswa Macingwane and Charmaine Kayser.
also features six of the contracted Springbok Women’s Sevens players, namely
Zenay Jordaan, Zintle Mpupha, Mathrin Simmers, Rights Mkhari, Eloise Webb and
will assemble at HTS Drostdy in Worcester on Tuesday, 19 March, where they will
be put through their paces with a number of strength and conditioning tests and
training sessions with an eye on the international season, which will kick off
later in the year. The team’s fixtures will be confirmed in due course.
purpose of the camp is for us to measure the players’ fitness and strength
levels, so the testing will involve a wide range of exercises," said
be a big focus on conditioning, in particular, as this is the first time I see
some of the players after our tour last year. The camp will also allow us to do
medical screening so we can make sure the players do not have niggling
invited a big squad to the assessment camp as we would like to cast the net as
widely as possible in terms of discovering new talent, but that said, these are
by no means the only players we are looking at. We will not close the door to
any player who performs well."
was pleased with the foundation laid last year and said they would like to
raise the bar this season.
will serve as the perfect opportunity for us to see who is serious about
representing the Springbok Women and who is prepared to put in the hard yards,
both at camp and on their own," said Raubenheimer.
assessments are completed I intend to speak to the players about where they are
and what they need to work on, so they will get homework, and it will be their
responsibility to work on those areas when they return to their provinces.
"We have a
long-term goal, so it is important that we have players who can adhere to the
standards we set and who we can work with for the next three years because we
to be competitive against the top teams in the world."