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By unknown | Jun 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

The South African Emerging women's rugby team will assemble tomorrow at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria in preparation for the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Sevens tournament.

The yearly tournament starts from Saturday to Sunday in Uganda.

Norman Mbiko, the team's assistant coach, yesterday said everybody was expected to report for training ahead of the competition.

Former national Sevens coach, Mbiko, said their focus at the training sessions would be on the technical side.

"So far I am satisfied with the players' fitness. No injuries have been reported at this stage,'' said Mbiko, who is the Sevens development specialist.

Mbiko is very good at laying a solid foundation for the players and at developing a team. Head coach Denver Wannies, who is in Nairobi with the national Emerging men's team, will join the rest of the team in Pretoria on Thursday before they jet off to Uganda on Friday.

The squad: Yolanda Meiring, Natsha Hoffmeester, Nosipho Goda, Saloma Booysen, Zandile Njoko, Lamla Momoti, Marilize Jordaan, Nomtha Xape.

Meanwhile, the South African men's Sevens team will meet the defending IRB Nations Cup champions, Argentina A, in the finals in Romania on Saturday.

Both sides qualified for the final after topping the log of their respective streams undefeated. The South Africans defeated Georgia 24-7 in their opening game and scored a resounding 67-7 win over hosts Romania on their way to the final.


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