Cape Town - Babalwa Latsha will lead the
Springbok Women’s team against Spain on Saturday in the absence of regular
captain Nolusindiso Booi as injuries forced coach Stanley Raubenheimer to make
a number of changes to his side.
Booi suffered a knee injury at
training, which placed her on a growing injury list that includes Zinhle
Ndawonde (broken finger), Aphiwe Ngwevu (knock to the arm) and Snenhlanhla
Raubenheimer made five personnel
changes to the starting team that faced Wales for the second Test of their
tour, at Campo de Rugby in Villajoyosa, with three new faces among the forwards
and two in the backline.
Karthy Dludla and Sinazo
Mcatshulwa will form a new lock pairing with Booi out and Bernice Strydom being
managed off the bench due to a knee niggle, while Lindelwa Gwala replaces
Annique Geswind at hooker and Kamohele Makoele takes over the void left by
Mcatshulwa’s switch to the second row.
In the backline Zintle Mpupha
moves from flyhalf to centre alongside Demi Nel, as cover for Ndawonde, which
will see Kirsten Conrad take over at No 10.
“We only have two replacements
left in the backline, and we have two scrumhalves on the bench, which is a bit
of a challenge,” said Raubenheimer.
“It was part of our plan to rest
Nolusindiso at some point, but her injury forced our hand this week. As tough
as it is for us to lose players, this serves as a fantastic opportunity for
others to step up and show what they can do at this level.”
Raubenheimer expected a testing
encounter against Spain, and said his charges had to deliver a strong
performance on attack and defence to make their presence felt.
“Spain is a regular Test-playing
nation and we respect them,” he said.
“The European teams in general
are very focused on the set pieces, so they will look to dominate in the scrums
and lineouts. They like to back this up with an attractive brand of attacking
“That said, we have a plan on how
we intend to approach this match, and if we can implement our structures well,
we could do well.
“It is important that we get
quality ball to attack from and we need to be solid on defence. Good
communication will be particularly important in this regard with a few new
players in the side.”
The match kicks off at 18:30 SA
The Springbok Women will meet Italy in their final
tour match on Saturday, November 25, in Prato.
Springbok Women’s team to face
15 Vuyolwethu Maqholo, 14 Nosiphiwo Goda, 13 Zintle Mpupha, 12 Demi Nel, 11 Alana-Lee Horne, 10 Kirsten Conrad, 9 Tayla Kinsey, 8 Aseza Hele, 7 Kamohele Makoele, 6 Lusanda Dumke, 5 Sinazo Mcatshulwa, 4 Karthy Dludla, 3 Babalwa Latsha (captain), 2 Lindelwa Gwala, 1 Thantaswa Macingwane (Blue
Substitutes: 16 Yonela Ngxingolo, 17 Katlego Moremi, 18 Bernice Strydom, 19 Nthabiseng Marutla, 20 Pennbry McNamara, 21 Charmaine Kayser, 22 Felicia Jacobs, 23 Fundiswa Plaatjie