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19 August 2019
UWC Alumnus Latsha captains Springboks Women to World Cup qualification
Babalwa Latsha, an UWC Alumnus, has captained the Springbok Women's team to World Cup 2021 qualification.

Latsha's team booked their place at the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand with a 39-0 victory against Kenya in the deciding match of the African qualifiers at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan on Saturday, 17 August.

The win - during which Latsha featured in her usual position of tighthead prop - marked a clean sweep for the Springbok Women in the competition and wrapped up a full-house of points from their three matches following 89-5 and 73-0 victories against Uganda and Madagascar earlier in the tournament.

Springbok Women coach Stanley Raubenheimer was understandably delighted: “I am very pleased for the players, they worked very hard to achieve this. They put in a great effort and they deserve this achievement.

Raubenheimer will now have close to two years to prepare his team for the international showpiece 'down under', and said: “It will certainly helps to qualify so well in advance. We didn’t participate in the 2017 World Cup, so we need to ensure that we reach the current world standards.

The squad will next head for a September camp in Port Elizabeth, where they will face matches against Spain, before switching to the Cape for two Tests against Scotland.

“The matches will also offer us an opportunity to experiment against quality teams, who are among the top 10 sides in Europe, and we can also try a few new things against them,” Raubenheimer concluded.

Springbok Women 39 (24)
 – Tries: Zintle Mpupha, Lindelwa Gwala, Tayla Kinsey, Snenhlanhla Shozi, Aseza Hele, Mathrin Simmers, Rights Mkhari. Conversions: Tayla Kinsey (2).
Kenya 0

Photo and quotes courtesy SA Rugby Communications