Cape Town - Springbok Women's coach Stanley
Raubenheimer has named a squad featuring nine players with international experience
for their tour opener against the UK Armed Forces in Richmond on Friday, with
captain Nolusindiso Booi leading the charge.
Booi, Thantaswa Macingwane,
Fundiswa Plaatjie, Nosiphiwo Goda and Charmaine Kayser have represented the
Springbok Women’s team before, while Babalwa Latsha, Zintle Mpupha, Zinhle
Ndawonde and Kirsten Conrad have played for the Springbok Women’s Sevens team.
Plaatjie and Mpupha will form an
influential halfback pairing, while Macingwane will partner up with Latsha and
Annique Geswind in a solid front row. Ndawonde and Aphiwe Ngwevu will join
forces in the midfield, with Goda, Alana-Lee Horn and Vuyolwethu Maqholo
completing a talented backline.
“The team features a healthy mix
of youth and experience,” said Raubenheimer.
“I believe this is the strongest
combination for this specific game, so I am happy with the side.”
Raubenheimer emphasised the
importance of strong set pieces against the UK Armed Forces and said the match
would set the tone for the rest of the tour.
“I don’t know much about the
opposition, but our focus from the outset has been on our structures and what
we would like to achieve on the field, rather than on the opposition,” he said.
“We want to go out and win this
match, and if our set pieces are good and we are able to apply pressure on them
consistently, we can work our way into a position to achieve this. The European
teams usually attack from the lineouts, so we will have to counter that, and
ensure that we play a good territory game.
“This game will lay a good marker
for rest of the tour because if we start off on a positive note it will give us
confidence for the rest of the tour, especially since we are entering the
unknown after a few years out of international rugby.”
The match, which will be played
at Rosslyn Park, will kick off at 17:00 SA Time. The Springbok Women will play
Test matches against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, 10 November, Spain
in Villajoyosa on Saturday, 17 November, and Italy in Prato on Sunday, 25
November, in their remaining tour matches.
Springbok Women’s team to face
the UK Armed Forces:
15 Vuyolwethu Maqholo (Western
Province), 14 Nosiphiwo Goda (Border), 13 Aphiwe Ngwevu (Border), 12 Zinhle Ndawonde (KZN), 11 Alana-Lee Horne (Western
Province), 10 Zintle Mpupha (SA Rugby), 9 Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), 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 Nthabiseng Marutla (Blue
Bulls), 19 Charmaine Kayser (Western
Province), 20 Felicia Jacobs (Western
Province), 21 Kirsten Conrad (Western
Province), 22 Demi Nel (Western