Booi gets the arm­band

Tough tour kicks off with Bri­tish Army side first up

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By ROSS ROCHE

BOR­DER women’s rugby cap­tain, No­lusindiso Booi, has been se­lected as cap­tain of the South African Se­lect women’s team for their open­ing match of their tour of Eng­land in Alder­shot to­day.

Booi, along with eight of her team­mates, were se­lected in the 23-women squad to take on the Bri­tish Army.

In the back­line four Bor­der play­ers, in full­back Snenhlanhla Shozi, right-wing Unathi Mali, in­side cen­tre Aphiwe Ng­w­evu and left-wing Nosiphiwo Goda will line up along with three more in the for­wards, in flank Lu­sanda Dumke, lock Booi and prop Asithandile Ntoyanto.

On the bench, re­place­ment prop Thuliswa Capa and scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie will also look to get on the park dur­ing the match.

“We are very ex­cited to kick off the tour,” said Booi.

“Ev­ery player in the group is fo­cused on lay­ing a solid foun­da­tion in our open­ing match, so we can­not wait to take to the field.”

Booi, who was a mem­ber of the Spring­bok Women’s team that par­tic­i­pated in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, was ex­cited about the mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence in the tour­ing group, and said the nine play­ers with se­nior in­ter­na­tional 15s or Sevens ex­pe­ri­ence would play an im­por­tant role on and off the field.

“We are ex­pect­ing a tough test in all three matches, but for­tu­nately there are a num­ber of play­ers in the squad who have in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, while oth­ers rep­re­sented the coun­try at U20 level, and that will be in­valu­able in guid­ing the younger play­ers,” said Booi.

“We have been putting the build­ing blocks in place at our re­spec­tive pro­vin­cial unions for the last few months, and we had a good train­ing camp in Stel­len­bosch, so we are now ready to see what we can do on the field.

“We know what is ex­pected of us. The next step is to im­ple­ment what we have been do­ing at train­ing against qual­ity op­po­si­tion.”

The SA Se­lect Women’s team to face the Bri­tish Army fea­ture two play­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the 2014 Rugby World Cup in France, and four play­ers who have pre­vi­ously been in­volved in the Spring­bok Women’s Sevens squad.

To­day’s match will be fol­lowed by games against the Eng­land Academy team next week Wed­nes­day and then again next week Sun­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.