Noth­ing la­dy­like in this Test as Boks scrum down with Wales

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CARDIFF: Spring­bok women’s rugby coach Stan­ley Rauben­heimer has made three changes to his start­ing team for South Africa’s first Test in four years when they face Wales at Cardiff Arms Park to­day.

Sev­eral play­ers are in line to make their Test de­buts in the Welsh cap­i­tal in what will be the team’s first Test since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Two of the changes were in­jury-en­forced as winger Alana-lee Horne (an­kle) and cen­tre Aphiwe Ng­w­evu (knock to the arm) are re­cov­er­ing from in­juries, which re­sulted in Snenhlanhla Shozi and Demi Nel be­ing drafted into the start­ing team. The other change is at scrumhalf, where Tayla Kin­sey takes over from Fundiswa Plaatjie in a po­si­tional switch.

Only five play­ers in the match­day squad are capped Spring­bok women’s 15-a-side play­ers – cap­tain No­lusindiso Booi, Than­taswa Mac­ing­wane, Kin­sey, Nosiphiwo Goda, Char­maine Kayser and Plaatjie.

“Con­ti­nu­ity in se­lec­tion is im­por­tant,” said Rauben­heimer.

“It will def­i­nitely help to en­ter the match with a num­ber of es­tab­lished player com­bi­na­tions, es­pe­cially given how big this oc­ca­sion is for the team. The squad are in good shape, and I am pleased with our prepa­ra­tion this week.

“Over­all there is a pos­i­tive vibe within the squad, and we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge this week­end.”

Rauben­heimer said he is ex­pect­ing a big on­slaught from Wales.

“They are a reg­u­lar Test-play­ing na­tion, so we are ex­pect­ing them to be very strong at set piece time, while they also have good ball-car­ri­ers among their for­wards,” he said.

“Our fo­cus is on our struc­tures and what we would like to do in the game. We need to do the ba­sics well, and if we can re­tain pos­ses­sion and use it pos­i­tively, I think we’ll have a chance to be suc­cess­ful.”

The match kicks off at 1.30pm SA time. | African News Agency (ANA)


15 Vuy­ol­wethu Maqholo, 14 Nosiphiwo Goda, 13 Demi Nel, 12 Zinhle Nda­wonde, 11 Snenhlanhla Shozi, 10 Zin­tle Mpupha, 9 Tayla Kin­sey, 8 Aseza Hele, 7 Si­nazo Mcat­shulwa, 6 Lu­sanda Dumke, 5 No­lusindiso Booi (capt), 4 Ber­nice Strydom, 3 Ba­balwa Lat­sha, 2 An­nique Geswind, 1 Than­taswa Mac­ing­wane

16 Lin­delwa Gwala, 17 Yonela Ngxin­golo, 18 Katlego Moremi, 19 Karthy Dludla, 20 Char­maine Kayser, 21 Feli­cia Ja­cobs, 22 Fundiswa Plaatjie, 23 Kirsten Con­rad


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