South Africa women’s rugby coach Denver Wannies has named a 28 player Sevens squad to prepare for two major tournaments in Botswana and Dubai later this year.
The squad will eventually be reduced to 15 as South Africa prepare to play on the Sevens stage for the first time since the 2009 World Cup.
South Africa will compete at the Africa Rugby Confederation (CAR) Sevens in Botswana in October and then at the new IRB Womens Sevens Challenge Cup in Dubai.
South Africa reached the semi-finals of the first ever Womens Sevens World Cup in 2009 and Wannies said he was looking forward again to work with the group of players. Unfortunately, there are not many opportunities for them to play Sevens. However, we must make the most of the opportunity in Botswana and there is also the IRB arranged tournament at the end of year in Dubai.
We have some good young talent coming through from the Under-20 ranks and our provincial structures, and together with our experienced crop of senior players, we should be able to select a good, competitive team, said Wannies.
The IRB has yet to announce the qualification path for the 2013 Seven s World Cup for women.
South Africa Sevens Squad:
Yolanda Meiring, Judith Chauke, Marithy Pienaar, Shona-Leah Weston (Blue Bulls); Celeste Adonis, Chrisna van Slicht (Boland); Mandisa Williams, Ziyanda Tywaleni, Nolusindiso Booi, Nwabisa Ngxatu, Sinazo Nobele (Border); Lamla Momoti, Zandile Nojoko, Phumeza Gadu, Zenay Jordaan, Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province); Nombulelo Mayongo (Griffons); Lusanda Mtiya, Nomzamo Mtiya (KwaZulu-Natal); Welmarie Wessels (Leopards); Ester Mahlangu, Linah Sibiloane (Mpumalanga); Onicca Moaga (SWD); Natasha Hofmeester, Charmaine Kayser, Aimee Barrett, Janine Felix, Elma Kemp (Western Province).
Team Management: Denver Wannies (coach), Orna Prinsloo (team manager), Tanushree Pillay (physiotherapist), Denzil van Heerden (biokineticist), Dr Jerome Mampane (team doctor).