Bok Women embrace support from Springbok coaches

Springbok Women captain Nolusindiso Booi said the team is grateful for the support from Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber during their preparation for the 2021 World Cup.

Nienaber and Springbok scrum coach Daan Human visited the team on Tuesday to share their expertise as the Springbok Women continued with their training for the World Cup in New Zealand.

A group of 24 Springbok Women’s players assembled in Stellenbosch last month for a two-and-a-half-month training camp with an eye on the World Cup, to be held in Auckland and Whangarei from 18 September to 16 October.

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An enlarged squad of 40 players will participate in the camp from Sunday, 14 March to Sunday, 28 March.

The Springbok Women will face France at Eden Park on Saturday, 18 September, at 4:15am (SA time), England on Thursday, 23 September, at 9:15am at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei, and Fiji on Tuesday, 28 September at the Waitakere Stadium in Auckland at 5:45am in their Pool C matches.

‘It was an honour to have Jacques Nienaber and Daan Human at our training session,’ Booi said. ‘It means a lot to the team that they made the time to join our field session and we are excited to build on the tips they shared with us on the field.

‘This is an important year for us, and it is fantastic to know that we have their support with over seven months to go before the international spectacle.’

Booi said that she is encouraged by the progress of the players at the training camp.

‘Our training is going well, and we are trying to learn and improve as much as we can every day, which is exciting. This time together is important because it is vital that we are all aligned in terms of what we are doing on the field and with regard to our structures and systems.

‘We want to be as well prepared as possible by the time we depart for New Zealand, and being well conditioned and strong mentally are two keys areas in achieving that.’

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