South Africa target improvement for WRWC

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 14 October 2009
South Africa target improvement for WRWC
Mandisa Williams played for South Africa at Women's Rugby World Cup 2006 in Canada

South Africa Women's coach Denver Wannies will step up the next stage of his preparations for Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 with a first national training camp for 27 players in Cape Town at the end of the month.

Wannies, who guided the South Africa Women's Sevens team to the Cup semi finals at RWC Sevens 2009 earlier this year, has identified a number of areas where his charges can improve to give them their best possible chance at England 2010.

"This will be the first camp in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, which takes place next year," explained Wannies, who has named a number of those Sevens players for this camp, including Natasha Hofmeester, Yolanda Meiring and Saloma Booysen.

"We identified a few areas where I think players and we as a team came short during the Nations Cup in Canada and hopefully we'll use this camp to iron out those shortcomings.

South Africa started the Women's Nations Cup back in August on a positive not with a 17-17 draw with France, the side who finished third at the last Women's Rugby World Cup in 2006, but then suffered defeats by Canada (35-17), USA (39-0) and champions England (25-0).

Learning from others

"The conditioning of our players will be our main focus," added Wannies. "We also intend to study the athletic make-up of our players. If we compare ourselves to that of England, the USA or France, you will realise that their players are far better conditioned than our players.

"We'll also be focusing on rugby specific training. The breakdown area as well as the set piece is something we're going to drill into our training sessions at camp.

"We've got skillful players in South Africa, but we need to focus on combining our skills with our game plans if we are to be successful at next year's Rugby World Cup."

South Africa made their Women's Rugby World Cup debut in 2006, but failed to win a match at the 12-team tournament in Canada after suffering heavy loses to Australia, England, Ireland, Samoa and Kazakhstan.

They will take their place at the 2010 event, which takes place in London from 20 August to 5 September, alongside defending champions New Zealand, 2006 runners-up and hosts England, France, Canada, USA, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Australia. The remaining place will be filled by the Asian representative.

South Africa Women's training squad: Onnica Moaga, Ilse van Staden, Izan Nieuwoudt, Pulane Motloung, Yolanda Meiring (all Blue Bulls), Natasha Hofmeester (Boland), Fundiswa Plaatjie, Mandisa Williams, Portia Jonga, Ziyande Tywaleni (all Border), Cebisa Kula, Charmaine Kayser, Donna Sidumbu, Lamla Momoti, Lorinda Brown, Nomathamsanqa Faleni, Phumeza Gadu, Saloma Booysen, Zandile Nojoko, Zenay Jordaan (all Eastern Province), Marilize Jordaan (Free State), Nombulelo Mayongo (Griffons), Dolly Mavumengwana (KZN), Nonkasa Fisiwe Zwane (Mpumalanga), Aimee Barrett, Cherne Roberts, Nosipho Poswa (Western Province).