Chumisa Qawe will lead the Springbok Girls on the Rugby Africa Girls’s Cup in Madagascar this month the place they may play Cameroon, Kenya and Madagascar over the subsequent two weeks as introduced by SA Rugby on Tuesday, 16 Could 2023.
The DHL Western Province centre takes over from her provincial team-mate Nolusindiso Booi, who will miss the journey on account of damage. Qawe is a part of an skilled management core after Springbok Girls interim head coach Louis Koen named Tayla Kinsey and Lusanda Dumke as vice-captains for the tour.
Koen mentioned he’s increasing the management group within the squad as they begin constructing in direction of the Rugby World Cup in England in 2025.
“Greatest observe has proven us that groups with a robust and skilled management group do properly at Rugby World Cups and I wish to construct on that,” mentioned Koen.
“Chumisa has the management abilities to do the job and her expertise and understanding of what we wish to obtain on the sector offers me the boldness that she is going to lead the group properly.”
Booi, Aseza Hele, Shaunique Hess, Eloise Webb and Aphiwe Ngwevu had been all dominated out of the tour on account of damage and are at numerous phases of their rehabilitation cycles.
Koen included Sizophila Solontsi, Zintle Mpupha, Rights Mkhari and Simamkele Namba within the tour squad to Madagascar. The quartet return to the fifteens fold for the primary time for the reason that Rugby World Cup final 12 months, having just lately represented South Africa of their triumphant World Rugby Sevens Challenger Collection marketing campaign.
Cheltenham Tigers tighthead prop Amber Schonert is the one participant who has not travelled with the Springbok Girls earlier than. The 31-year-old former weightlifter is from Durban, however lives in England together with her husband, Kurt, a former skilled participant at Richmond whose brother Nick is a former Junior Springbok prop.
Koen additionally confirmed the match day squad for his or her first ever conflict in opposition to Cameroon. Former Junior Springbok Girls wing, Asipe Mayaba, will make her debut for the senior aspect. Mayaba travelled with the group to Spain just lately however didn’t play and would be the solely participant within the match-23 for the tour opener with out Take a look at match expertise.
“We’re taking part in three matches in two weeks, so we must rotate our gamers,” defined Koen.
“Some gamers that began in opposition to Spain will play off the bench this time as we handle workloads, however on the identical time we’re constructing depth, whereas accidents additionally impacted choice. That mentioned, this stays an thrilling group that may do the nation proud.”
Qawe mentioned being handed captaincy was a humbling expertise.
“I’m grateful to educate Louis for handing me this chance to guide this positive group of gamers,” she mentioned.
“I’ve been privileged to play with Nolusindiso during the last three to 4 years and noticed what’s required of management. I’m additionally fortunate to have some robust leaders round me within the group and I’m trying ahead to his large alternative.”
The squad departs for Madagascar on Thursday. Kick-off in opposition to Cameroon is at 12h00 (SA time) on Saturday. Streaming particulars can be confirmed on the Rugby Africa platforms.
The Springbok Girls group to face Cameroon:
Byrhandre Dolf. Asiphe Mayaba, Chumisa Qawe (captain), Zintle Mpupha, Jakkie Cilliers, Mary Zulu, Rumandi Potgieter, Lerato Makua, Nompumelelo Mathe, Lusanda Dumke (vice-captain), Danelle Lochner, Sinazo Mcatshulwa, Azisa Mkiva, Roseline Botes, Asithandile Ntoyanto
Lindelwa Gwala, Sanelisiwe Charlie, Yonela Nxingolo, Vainah Ubisi, Rights Mkhari, Unam Tose, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, Simamkele Namba
Amber Schonert, Luchell Hanekom, Sizophila Solontsi, Tayla Kinsey (vice-captain), Nomawethu Mabenge
With modifying by gsport