SA Rugby to host women’s assessment camp
Twelve national women’s players, including locks Nolusindiso Booi and Celeste Adonis, are amongst a group of 46 players who has been invited to a two-day women’s 15s camp in Cape Town from Wednesday, 21 March, to Friday, 23 March, with an eye on the international season.
The camp marks the first of four this year, and will serve the purpose of testing the players’ fitness and conditioning levels, and to have a look at how a few former Under-20 players perform.
Six players who participated in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France – Adonis, Booi, Tayla Kinsey, Fundiswa Plaatjie, Thantaswa Macingwana and Asithandile Ntoyanto – and six Springbok Women’s Sevens players – Kirsten Conrad, Nosiphiwo Goda, Unathi Mali, Rights Mkhari, Zinhle Ndawonde and Eloise Webb – were named in the squad.
Twenty-five squad members – including the 12 capped international players – toured with the SA Select Women’s 15s team to London in October last year where they faced the British Army and England Academy teams. Booi captained the team on tour.
“The players received an off-season training programme in December, and as part of this they had access to Virgin Active gyms to boost their fitness and strength, so the main objective of this camp is to measure their progress,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“This camp will also allow us to test some of the former Under-20 players and to see how they fit in to the senior structures.
“We re-introduced women’s international 15s rugby last year, and we are currently working on arranging possible matches for this season, so it is important that the preparation continues behind the scenes so that the players are ready physically by the time they take to the field.”
The testing will be conducted at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands, while the field training sessions will be hosted at City Park Stadium in Athlone.
Players invited to the National Women’s XV camp (in alphabetical order):
*Celeste Adonis (Western Province), Lock
*Nolusindiso Booi (Western Province), Lock
*Thuliswa Capa (Border), Prop
*Kirsten Conrad (Western Province), Flyhalf
Karthy Dludla (KZN), Lock
Xolelwa Diliza (Border), Hooker
*Lusanda Dumke (Border), Looseforward
*Annique Geswind (Western Province), Hooker
*Nosiphiwo Goda (Border), Centre
*Aseza Hele (Eastern Province), Looseforward
Alana-Lee Horne (Western Province), Utility back
*Felicia Jacobs (Western Province), Scrumhalf
*Abegail Jantjies (Golden Lions), Hooker
*Megan Kannemeyer (Western Province), Centre
*Charmaine Kayser (Western Province), Looseforward
Sibabalwe Klaas (Eastern Province), Scrumhalf
*Amy-Kay Klaasen (SWD), Lock
Tayla Kinsey (KZN), Scrumhalf
Thantaswa Macingwane (Blue Bulls), Hooker
Zandile Maduna (Blue Bulls), Fullback
Lerato Makua (Blue Bulls), Lock
*Kamohele Makoele (Free State), Looseforward
*Unathi Mali (Border), Fullback
Ayanda Malinga (Pumas), Winger
Anastacia Mashiane (Limpopo Blue Bulls), Utility back
*Vuyolwethu Maqholo (Western Province), Utility back
Monica Mazibukwana (Eastern Province), Hooker
*Sinazo Mcatshulwa (Western Province), Looseforward
*Bianca Meyer (Blue Bulls), Utility back
*Rights Mkhari (Limpopo Blue Bulls), Lock
Buhle Mkrabalala (Leopards), Centre
*Katlego Moremi (Blue Bulls), Prop
Simamkele Namba (Border), Fullback
Demi Nel (Western Province), Centre
*Zinhle Ndawonde (KZN), Centre
Yonela Ngxingolo (Border), Prop
*Aphiwe Ngwevu (Border), Centre
Siphumle Ngqose (Western Province), Looseforward
*Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border), Prop
Siyanda Pikoli (Eastern Province), Lock
Janice Plaatjes (Free State), Flyhalf
*Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), Scrumhalf
*Snenhlanhla Shozi (Border), Fullback
Buhlebethu Sonamzi (Eastern Province), Prop
Faith Tshauke (Blue Bulls), Looseforward
Eloise Webb (Border), Fullback
* denotes players who were members of the 2017 SA Select Women’s team to London