A successful second SA Rugby Women’s XV training camp concluded in Stellenbosch on Sunday, with much needed information on player fitness and skills assessments gathered. The camp, held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, saw 52 players from all over the country joining forces as they prepare for a tour of England in October.
The SA Rugby Women’s XV squad will face tough English opposition and the camp continued to address a number of rugby related issues. Aided by Youth Training Centre coaches Rodger Smith and Adriaan Lameley and Springbok Women’s Sevens conditioning coach Johno Meintjies, there were attack and defense sessions, speed tests, fitness and skills training.
Matches were also played at the Markotter Fields to see how the various players shaped up in match situations.
According to Mahlubi Puzi, SA Rugby’s Manager of Women’s Rugby, the camp delivered a number of positive outcomes. There was good improvement in most players from the first camp and with the Interprovincial League starting in July, more battle-hardened players will be available for the final holding camp and tour.“We were pleased with the progress shown and saw good depth across the board during the training matches,” said Puzi.
“The strength and conditioning of the squad also improved and general play will get better once the women start the IPL, as they will then get match fit and improve decision-making.”
Puzi indicated that the squad members will be tracked during the IPL to make sure they continue their upward momentum. The final of the IPL will be held a week prior to the final training camp and will last a week.
The camp from 29 September will be the final preparation before the team depart for England on 11 October.