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SA Select Women fine-tune their skills with SARU Mobi-Unit
March 19, 2014
The SA Select Women's team on Wednesday fine-tuned their skills and techniques under the guidance of SARU Mobi-Unit members Pieter de Villiers en Chean Roux as the team prepares for the Hong Kong Invitational next week.

De Villiers and Roux assisted SA Select Women's Sevens coach Renfred Dazel at their mid-morning training session at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth where the focus was placed on technique in the scrums and lineouts, while Dazel worked on skills training with the backs.

The team will depart for Hong Kong next Wednesday, with tournament being hosted at the Hong Kong Football Club on March 28. South Africa will face Papua New Guinea and Brazil in the round robin stages.

Dazel welcomed De Villiers and Roux's contributions at training and said it would set the team in good stead as they look to make their presence felt early in the international season.

"The women have been training hard since January and they did well last month to implement the structures we have been working on under pressure in the hit-outs against Border and Eastern Province," said Dazel.

"There were, however, areas of our game I felt we needed to improve before the Hong Kong event, and it is fantastic to have specialist coaches such as Pieter and Chean assist in those areas.

"Their attention to detail and emphasis on using the correct techniques will certainly benefit the players in what is a very important season for us. One of our main objectives in the next two seasons is to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, so it is vital that we perform well in all our competitions this season to build our confidence for the qualifying rounds next season."

De Villiers and Roux's visit followed a training session last week with another SARU Mobi-Unit member Louis Koen, who worked on their kicking, running lines and breakdown play.

SA Select captain Zenay Jordaan also spoke highly of the Mobi-Unit's input and said: "It is fantastic for the women to have the opportunity to work with coaches of the calibre of Pieter, Chean and Louis to add to coach Renfred Dazel's expertise and experience. This certainly raises the level of women's rugby and reiterates the message that we are elite athletes. These sessions have motivated us even more to start the season on a high."

The Hong Kong series marks the team's first international tournament of the year.

This will be followed by an African tournament in Kenya from April 6 to 13 and the IRB Women's World Series leg in Amsterdam on May 16 and 17.

The players will then all be eligible for selection for the 15-a-side IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in France from August 1 to 17.

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