SA Rugby to host women’s assessment camp
March 13, 2018
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), Loose forward

*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