A squad of 28 players will assemble from 22 - 25 September in Port Elizabeth to start with preparations for the tournament that will be the local Women’s first Sevens outing since the 2009 Rugby World Cup in Dubai, where the team reached the semi-finals.
SA Women coach, Denver 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 Dubai tournament will be integrated with the men’s HSBC Sevens World Series Round 2 action in Dubai, with the semi-finals and finals to be played on the main pitch at the Sevens stadium. The teams to compete in Dubai are reigning women’s Sevens world champions Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, England, Brazil, China and Spain.
The best women’s Sevens players in the world will be competing for the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in Dubai. The cost of staging the tournament and supporting the teams is being managed through direct IRB funding and the generous support of Emirates.
The move, a key delivery as part of the wider IRB Women’s Strategic Plan, is the first step in the IRB’s strategy to develop a new IRB International Women’s Sevens Series, which is planned from 2012 onwards.
This exciting addition to the international women’s rugby calendar is a milestone on the road to Rio 2016, the first Olympic Games for both men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens since the IOC overwhelmingly voted to include the exciting and competitive sport. The development is also a timely boost for the world’s best women’s teams as they continue their preparations for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Russia.
According to Wannies, he will reduce the enlarged squad to just 15 players at the end of the second camp which is scheduled for mid-October.
The CAR tournament takes place on 29-30 October and apart from SA and the host country, will also include other southern African teams such as Zimbabwe and Kenya.
The following Women players have been invited to attend a SA Sevens training camp from 22 - 25 September 2011 in Port Elizabeth:
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).