Nam. women's rugby team off to Kenya for CAR Sevens' tourney

06 Apr 2014 14:50pm
JOHANNESBURG, 06 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibian Sevens’ women’s rugby team departed for Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday for its first-ever Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Africa Women's Cup Sevens’ tournament.
This Nampa reporter caught up with the players at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday as they waited to board a plane to Kenya.
The young women received their national colours during a short ceremony in Windhoek on Monday, together with the national under-20 rugby men's team, which is participating in the 2014 International Rugby Board's (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament in Hong Kong.
Although the players are not sure what awaits them in Kenya, they were still in high spirits for the event.
“We worked very hard and I have confidence in my team, and with the right attitude and motivation and knowing we play for Namibia, we will do our best,” said captain Geraldine Louw.
She said that although it is the first time they participate internationally, it is difficult to predict their performance, but promised to give their opponents a hard time.
Assistant coach Edwin Basson told this reporter they are well prepared and do not underestimate the other teams.
Asked how the Namibian public and especially girls have responded to women's rugby, he said it is still a bit difficult for women.
“The sport is still new, but as the girls come to the training sessions, they start to like the sport,” said Basson.
Eight teams will take part in the tournament.
Namibia will play against Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Uganda, while South Africa, the defending champions, will play against hosts Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.
Morocco handed over the women’s sevens’ tournament to Kenya after it could not host it due to logistical challenges.