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Your Question: How does one get involved with coaching in the ladies rugby in South Africa? - Lorinda Nel
Denver answers: It is very simple. You look for the ladies team in your area or could start by making contact with the provincial union. You join the club and indicate your qualification and intent to want to get into the coaching side of things. It is important to ensure that you Boksmart accredited in order to coach. I would encourage you to get involved in the ladies game we need positive people like you Lorinda.
Your Question: Do you really think the overweight team can compete with teams like the ausies and nz,surely this can't be our best. - richard maritz
Denver answers: Richard ,I would suggest that you get to your nearest woman’s rugby club and see for yourself what the situation is before formulating an opinion like this. I would like to challenge you to identify the players in those positions you are referring to and put them up against the so-called over-weight players. You can only compare us with the Ausies and NZ teams if you have a full knowledge of the situation over there and here locally.
Your Question: It’s still some time away, but what do you think should be our aim at the Olympic Games in 2016 for our Women’s Sevens team? – Jonno Nieuwenhuizen
Denver answers: Jonno, it is a very good one. If one look at how we did with the last Sevens World Cup one could easily be tricked into a situation where you would want to rate us. But before falling into that trap you must remember this will be the Olympics. It can not be compared to any other sporting event. Already you hear nation like Brazil and Germany are spending millions on Sevens as a code where they think they can get a medal. These governments never spend money on rugby before. We need to really be prepared to work and spend if we want to get somewhere. You and I know Woman’s rugby has never been a priority with us.
Your Question: Denver, do you really think we can compete with the likes of England and New Zealand when it comes to women’s rugby? They seem to be so far ahead. Thanks. – Susan Hardy
Denver answers: Yes Susan you are right. They are a good 30 years ahead of us with the game, because that’s when they actually started with Women’s rugby compared to us. They each have 30 000 plus Women players and the USA and Canada have 30 000 and 36 000 players respectively. This compared to our total of 4 000. But we have one big advantage in that we learn fast. That is what you have seen at the Sevens World Cup and we surprised everybody we played against. However there is still a lot that we need to learn. Competing is one of the most important things we need to learn, now that we can play. I am confident that we can get there soon enough but the big thing is we need to play against good quality opposition on a regular basis.
Your question: What is our Women’s programme like for this year? - Johnny
Denver answers: At present we are preparing an Under-20 team to go and play in the U20 20 Nations Cup in the USA in June. In two weeks’ time we are will bringing the senior squad together for the first time this year to start our preparations for the senior Nations Cup tournament to be held in Canada during August. After that we will change our focus to Sevens and we will start the preparations towards the qualifying tournament for the 2013 Sevens World Cup. All this is even before our domestic programmes have started. Simply because of the seasonal differences in the host countries. At the moment club rugby is being played in the provinces and the SARU Inter-Provincials are due to start in in June. We will also have the annual Under 16 provincial tournament in Mpumalanga this year and we will end off the year with the Inter-Provincial Sevens tournament in October.