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South Africa prepare for two test series with Kazakhstan

The women's rugby sides from South Africa and Kazakhstan will play a two test series in Dubai next month as part of their World Cup buildup.

South Africa have also confirmed that they will travel to the UK in June for two tests against Scotland which are pencilled in to be played on June 5 and 22.

The South African squad will meet this weekend in Cape Town for a four day camp before heading to Dubai.

The two international matches with Kazakhstan will be played on 8 and 10 April at the Al Ain Rugby Club in Dubai and will serve as major preparation for both sides who will face tough challenges at the World Cup later this summer.

They will be the first matches for Kazakhstan since they won the Asian World Cup Qualifiers last November, edging out Japan in the final game. The Kazakhstan side are in a tough World Cup pool with England, Ireland and the USA and will use the matches to test out combinations and new players.

South Africa haven't played a test match since last summer's Nations Cup where they demonstrated how far they have developed since the last World Cup with some fine showings against top teams like England and France. Head coach Denver Wannies will know however that his side faces a massive task in London later this year with pool games against New Zealand, Wales and Australia.

After the Dubai trip, the SA squad members will be released to play for their provinces in the SARU Inter-Provincial tournament before getting together for another training camp from 24-30 May.

South Africa squad: Yolanda Meiring, Pulane Motloung (Blue Bulls), Natasha Hofmeester (Boland), Portia Jonga, Mandisa Williams, Fundiswa Plaatjie, Nolusindiso Booi, Ziyanda Tywaleni (Border), Cebisa Kula, Donna Sidumbu, Lamla Momoti, Saloma Booysen, Zandile Nojoko, Lorinda Brown, Phumeza Gadu, Zenay Jordaan, Namhla Siyolo, Charmaine Kayser (Eastern Province), Marlize Jordaan (Free State), Nombulelo Mayongo (Griffons), Dolly Mavumengwana (KwaZulu-Natal), Onicca Moaga (SANDF), Aimee Barrett, Cherne Roberts, Nosipho Poswa, Nedene Botha (Western Province).

Team Management: Denver Wannies (Head Coach), Orna Prinsloo (Team Manager), Rhudolph Gerber (Forward Coach), Kayalethu Malotana (Backline Coach), Denzil van Heerden (Conditioning Coach), Tanushree Pillay (Physiotherapist), Dr Jacoba Lindeque (Interim Team Doctor).