Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka on Monday included Blue Bulls flyhalf Cindy Cant in the national squad for the first time this year as he named his national training squad for their second warm-up match against the SARU Women’s Interprovincial XV at Ellis Park on Saturday.
This forms part of their preparations in the lead-up to the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Sephaka’s squad includes eight Springbok Women Sevens players who participated in the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam, while 12 players were retained from the national training squad that gathered in Cape Town two weeks ago.
The squad will gather in Johannesburg on Friday and will have a captain’s run in the afternoon to fine-tune their preparations for the match, which will serve as a curtain raiser to the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Lions and Vodacom Blue Bulls. The players will return to their provinces on Sunday.
A squad of 24 players was also selected for the Women’s Interprovincial XV, which includes a handful of players who were named in the Springbok training squad for the Cape Town camp.
Despite being able to select only 23 players in the national training group, Sephaka said he would watch the players in both teams closely on Saturday, especially with an eye on selecting a squad for the Springbok Women’s warm-up tour to London and France next month.
The touring squad will play two matches against the Nomads in London and a match against France in Marcoussis, outside of Paris, where the Springbok Women will be based during the World Cup.
Springbok Women’s training group:
Forwards: Celeste Adonis (Western Province), Nolusindiso Booi (Border), Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province), Portia Jonga (Eastern Province), Thantaswa Macingwane (Border), Andrea Mentoor (Western Province), Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border), Denita Wentzel (Western Province), Mandisa Williams (Border)
Backs: Cindy Cant (Blue Bulls), Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province), Rachelle Geldenhuys (Blue Bulls), Veroeshka Grain (Western Province), Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province), Tayla Kinsey (KZN), Jacqueline Kriel (Blue Bulls), Benele Makwezela (Western Province), Lamla Momoti (Border), Sinazo Nobele (Border), Marithy Pienaar (Blue Bulls), Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), Ziyanda Tywaleni (Border), Vuyolwethu Vazi (Blue Bulls).
Women’s Interprovincial XV:
Forwards: Nombasa Hagile (Border), Lizane Jacobs (Blue Bulls), Laurian Johannes (Western Province), Charmaine Kayser (Western Province), Sbonela Lestela (Pumas), Kayalethu Mambalu (Eastern Province), Vuyokazi Mbonda (Western Province), Nomsa Mokwai (Leopards), Katlego Moremi (Blue Bulls), Luleka Parafini (Border), Amanda Tshidi (Border), Simone Vosloo (Blue Bulls)
Backs: Lorinda Brown (Eastern Province), Lusanda Dumke (Border), Nosiphiwo Goda (Border), Natasha Hofmeester (Western Province), Abigail Jantjies (Western Province), Nomaphelo Mayongo (KZN), Zintle Mpupha (Border), Zandile Nojoko (Eastern Province), Siduka Noluvuyo (Border), Ntombifuthi (Linah) Sibiloane (Pumas), Siphosethu Tshingana (Eastern Province), Shona-Leah Weston (Blue Bulls)
•The Blue Bulls registered an important away win in the SARU Women’s Interprovincial Series this weekend to strengthen their position in the competition as the pool stages begins to wind down.
In an action-packed round on Saturday, the Blue Bulls cruised to an emphatic 61-5 victory against SWD at the Bridgton Sport Grounds in Oudtshoorn.
They scored an impressive nine tries in a largely one-sided encounter against the struggling SWD thanks to a solid performance by their forwards and backs. While the forwards laid a solid foundation up front, the backline combined well to run circles around the hosts.
Springbok Women Sevens star Vuyolwethu Vazi scored a hat-trick in the clash, with her national team-mate Shona-Leah Weston scoring twice to add to tries by Marlien Cronje, Jacqueline Kriel, Cindy Cant and Veronica Malantswane.