Cape Town - Springbok Women’s coach Stanley
Raubenheimer has made three changes to his starting team for South Africa’s first
Test in four years when they face Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.
Several players are in line to
make their Test debuts in the Welsh capital in what will be the team’s first
Test since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Two of the changes were
injury-enforced as winger Alana-Lee Horne (ankle) and centre Aphiwe Ngwevu (knock
to the arm) are recovering from injuries, which resulted in Snenhlanhla Shozi
and Demi Nel being drafted into the starting team.
The other change was at
scrumhalf, where Tayla Kinsey takes over from Fundiswa Plaatjie in a positional
Only five players in the
match-day squad are capped Springbok Women’s 15-a-side players, namely captain
Nolusindiso Booi, Thantaswa Macingwane, Kinsey, Nosiphiwo Goda, Charmaine
Kayser and Plaatjie.
“Continuity in selection is
important,” said Raubenheimer.
“It will definitely help to enter
the match with a number of established player combinations, especially given
how big this occasion is for the team. The squad are in good shape, and I am
pleased with our preparation this week.
“Overall there is a positive vibe
within the squad, and we are really looking forward to the challenge this
Raubenheimer said he is expecting
a big onslaught from Wales.
“They are a regular Test-playing
nation, so we are expecting them to be very strong at set piece time, while
they also have good ball-carriers among their forwards,” he said.
“Our focus is on our structures
and what we would like to do in the game. We need to the basics very well, and
if we can retain possession and use it positively, I think we will give
ourselves an opportunity to be successful.”
The match kicks off at kicks off
13:30 SA time (11:30 local time).
15 Vuyolwethu Maqholo (Western
Province), 14 Nosiphiwo Goda (Border), 13 Demi Nel (Western Province), 12 Zinhle Ndawonde (KZN), 11 Snenhlanhla Shozi (Border), 10 Zintle Mpupha (SA Rugby), 9 Tayla Kinsey (KZN), 8 Aseza Hele (Eastern Province), 7 Sinazo Mcatshulwa (Western
Province), 6 Lusanda Dumke (Border), 5 Nolusindiso Booi (captain -
Western Province), 4 Bernice Strydom (Free State), 3 Babalwa Latsha (Western
Province), 2 Annique Geswind (Western
Province), 1 Thantaswa Macingwane (Blue
Substitutes: 16 Lindelwa Gwala (KZN), 17 Yonela Ngxingolo (Border), 18 Katlego Moremi (Blue Bulls), 19 Karthy Dludla (KZN), 20 Charmaine Kayser (Western
Province), 21 Felicia Jacobs (Western
Province), 22 Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), 23 Kirsten Conrad (Western