Nolusindiso Booi and Zenay Jordaan both scored tries the last time the Springbok Women played England, in the 2013 Women’s Nations Cup, with the Red Roses winning 18-17, but both teams have changed a lot since then.
Booi and Jordaan, the team’s most capped players, will play again on Sunday at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland in the final pool match for both teams at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
The Springbok Women, on the other hand, will be looking for their first win after losses to France and Fiji, while England has already brushed aside those opponents and qualified for the competition’s quarter-finals.
In fact, when England meets South Africa, they will be looking for their 28th consecutive win and are hot favourites to extend their record tally to 29 victories, especially after Springbok Women coach Stanley Raubenheimer made seven changes to his starting lineup for the match.
“It’s a very exciting squad because they have young players who haven’t played yet, and we can see their energy during the sessions this week,” Booi said.
“They’re very excited to be playing in the Rugby World Cup; it’s a huge event, and I know we’re going to challenge England.”
“Our players are so invested in this game, and we’re both excited and happy to know that being on the field and giving it our all can pay off.”
“If we want to be the tournament’s surprise, we need to execute well when we have the ball.” We’ve done it in stages throughout the tournament, but we need to put it all together on Sunday.”
If the team loses, they will return to South Africa on Tuesday.
A win would put them in the tournament’s quarter-finals, and Booi stated that they intend to stay.
“Whatever happens, we must leave the field knowing that we have left nothing behind.” “I’ve asked the players, and I believe they will respond,” she said.
This is the fifth meeting between the two parties.
They have previously met at a Rugby World Cup, with England triumphing 74-8 in Edmonton in 2006.