Springbok women ready for European tour after intensive Cape Town camp


The Springbok Women’s rugby team is gearing up for an exciting European tour, with coach Louis Koen announcing a 30-player training squad for a final camp in Cape Town starting Sunday, 3 March.

Following this camp, the touring squad will be finalized and embark on a journey that includes training sessions against Scotland and Wales, culminating in two Tests against Spain and the United States of America.

Koen has opened the doors to a blend of local talent and international experience, highlighting the inclusion of six overseas-based players from the Allianz Premiership in England.

This strategic move aims to strengthen the squad with a mix of homegrown and globally honed skills, setting the stage for a highly anticipated tour.

Reflecting on the preparation, Koen expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress, emphasizing the significant strides made in conditioning and rugby specifics.

The integration of players from the Bulls Daisies into the second camp allowed for a more focused approach on rugby systems and the implementation of strategies planned for the tour.

The coaching staff, bolstered by the expertise of assistant coaches Daan Human, Deon Davids, and Mzwandile Stick, has been instrumental in broadening the players’ exposure to high-level coaching.

Their involvement has not only been well received but has also played a critical role in preparing the squad for the challenges ahead.

As the team looks forward to the holding camp in March, the final preparations will be a crucial time to address any outstanding issues before embarking on the tour.

The selected squad represents a diverse mix of experience, with some players yet to make their Test match debut, offering a fresh and dynamic approach to the team’s composition.

Among the training squad are notable players from various clubs, including the Bulls Daisies, DHL Western Province, Hollywoodbets Sharks Women, Free State Women, EP Queens, Border Ladies, Sanlam Boland Dames, Mastercard Golden Lions Women, and an unattached player, Samantha Els.

The overseas contingent considered for the tour comprises Babalwa Latsha, Danelle Lochner, Asiza Hele (all Harlequins Women), Amber Schonert (Sale Sharks Women), Catha Jacobs (Leicester Tigers Women), and Lindelwa Gwala (Ealing Trailfinders Women), adding international flair to the team.

This European tour presents a significant opportunity for the Springbok Women’s team to showcase their growth, learn from international competition, and continue their journey on the global rugby stage.

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