July 13, 2024

‘Having a strong domestic league will benefit national team’, Latsha

CAPE TOWN – Springbok Women prop Babalwa Latsha has praised the strength shown by Women’s Premier Division clubs and believes that will benefit the national team.

Latsha believes having a strong women’s domestic league will boost the standard of the Springbok Women’s team.

Bulls Daisies were crowned this season’s champions with the Western Province finishing runners-up.

Boks Women is set to face Kenya on Saturday at UWC Stadium in preparation for next month’s WXV 2 tournament.

Latsha says what has been shown by the Women’s Premier Division teams will help the national team.

“It’s massive that we have the calibre of women within our pools and the like. It really speaks to the growth of the game,” said Latsha.

“They’ve been playing very inspirational rugby and that is essentially what we are seeking to do is to inspire the next generation of young women who are able to see and identify, you know, role models with it, be it Daisies or Province or even the Lions.

“So overall across the board, it’s really exciting to see the work that has been put in by these incredible women and where our trajectory is pointed at at this point in time.”

Interim head coach Louis Koen handed Unathi Mali a first start at wing and recalled outside backs Veroeshka Grain and Piwokuhle Nyanda against Kenya.

Latsha will captain the side in the absence of Nolusindiso Booi who will start from the bench.

She added that mentally players will be able to transition the domestic performance to the international set-up.

“I think playing rugby at this level demands and requires a certain level of mental fortitude together with physical preparedness. I think that because the domestic league has grown so much, that has sort of battle-hardened us
in general,” she said.

“So being in this environment, it’s where we work extremely hard. And it’s nothing new to us. We’ve done it before. Some unions have been doing it in the domestic league as well.

“So I think that having that type of exposure in the domestic league then helps us at the national level and sort of elevates us much quicker, I think.”

The match will kick-off at 16h30 and will be live streamed on the SA Rugby You Tube channel.

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