Springbok Girls again in motion in Rugby Africa Girls’s Cup

South Africa will face Zimbabwe of their opening sport after which Namibia on 23 June, with all of the motion to be broadcast reside on SuperSport.

Springbok Girls’s Nolusindiso Booi. Image: @WomenBoks/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN – The Springbok Girls can have their first style of worldwide motion this yr within the Rugby Africa Girls’s Cup that kicks off on Wednesday in Cape City.

South Africa will face Zimbabwe of their opening sport after which Namibia on 23 June, with all of the motion to be broadcast reside on SuperSport.

The Take a look at would be the first for the Springbok Girls because the match towards Wales in Cardiff final November.

Springbok Girls head coach, Stanley Raubenheimer, named an skilled squad for his or her first sport; 13 gamers from that end-of-year tour will begin within the season’s opener at Metropolis Park in Athlone.

Veteran Nolusindiso Booi resumes the captaincy on this first Take a look at match.

Border Women centre, Aphiwe Ngwevu, and Cell C Sharks lock, Nompumelelo Mathe, missed the November tour, however discover themselves again in inexperienced and gold after they final performed towards Kenya in August 2021.

Nadine Roos will begin at fullback after two November Take a look at appearances on the wing, whereas the in-form Libbie Janse van Rensburg will begin at flyhalf, after coming off the bench towards Wales, and Ayanda Malinga will earn a primary Take a look at begin since 2019.

With the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand across the nook, Raubenheimer named three debutants on the bench as nicely: the DHL Western Province trio of Luchell Hanekom (hooker), Azisa Mkiva (prop) and Nokubonga Siko (flank) rewarded for his or her high-quality performances within the Girls’s Premier Division over the past two years.

All three have been a part of the Bok Girls’s alignment camps in latest months, so they are going to be in acquainted territory.

There are additionally remembers to the pack for locks Nomsa Mokwai and Karthy Dludla. Mokwai (DHL WP) final performed for the group in 2019 as a Leopards participant and a Northwest College scholar, whereas Dludla’s final look was towards Scotland in that very same yr.

Raubenheimer stated each match from right here on could be essential and experiments weren’t on the agenda as they ready for the World Cup in October.

“A few of our gamers picked up niggles in Saturday’s Girls’s Premier Division remaining and we determined to offer them a relaxation, which pressured our hand in picks a bit,” stated Raubenheimer.

“We’re slowly however certainly attempting to place combos collectively as now we have six Take a look at matches remaining earlier than the World Cup begins. For Aphiwe and Nompumelelo, this is a chance to once more play worldwide rugby and present to us that they need to be right here. We hope to construct robust competitors within the squad.”

The coach stated there could be no stress on the uncapped gamers named on the bench: “We need to see how they do at the next degree than they’re used to, however there shall be no stress on them to do something spectacular. They’ve been with us for some time now and in the event that they do get an opportunity to play, we hope to see them execute what they’ve proven on the coaching area.”

Rugby Africa named Saudah Adiru from Uganda because the referee for the 15h00 kick-off at Metropolis Park in Cape City.

South Africa’s Ashleigh Murray-Pretorius will deal with the Take a look at match between Zimbabwe and Namibia on 19 June on the similar venue (kick-off 13h30), and Japan’s Eri Kamimura has been appointed for the ultimate match of the event, when South Africa tackle Namibia on 23 June at 15h00.

Springbok Girls versus Zimbabwe:

  1. Nadine Roos – 2 caps, 0 factors

  2. Nomawethu Mabenge – 4 caps, 5 factors (1 strive)

  3. Zintle Mpupha – 9 caps, 56 factors (10 tries, 3 conversions)

  4. Aphiwe Ngwevu – 7 caps, 15 factors (3 tries)

  5. Ayanda Malinga – 4 caps, 15 factors (3 tries)

  6. Libbie Janse van Rensburg – 4 caps, 10 factors (2 tries)

  7. Tayla Kinsey – 17 caps, 36 factors (1 strive, 14 conversions, 1 penalty aim)

  8. Sizophila Solontsi – 8 caps, 10 factors (12 tries)

  9. Sinazo Mcatshulwa – 10 caps, 15 factors (3 tries)

  10. Lusanda Dumke – 10 caps, 15 factors (3 tries)

  11. Nompumelelo Mathe – 5 caps, 0 factors

  12. Nolusindiso Booi (captain) – 26 caps, 10 factors (2 tries)

  13. Babalwa Latsha – 11 caps, 10 factors (2 tries)

  14. Lindelwa Gwala – 12 caps, 5 factors (1 strive)

  15. Yonela Ngxingolo – 12 caps, 5 factors (1 strive)

Replacements:

  1. Luchell Hanekom – uncapped

  2. Asithandile Ntoyanto – 7 caps, 5 factors (1 strive)

  3. Azisa Mkiva – uncapped

  4. Karthy Dludla – 7 caps, 0 factors

  5. Nomsa Mokwai – 3 caps, 0 factors

  6. Nokubonga Siko – uncapped

  7. Unam Tose – 5 caps, 0 factors

  8. Zenay Jordaan – 29 caps, 71 factors (10 tries, 6 conversions, 3 penalty targets)

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