Lusanda Dumke to captain Sprin

Lusanda Dumke to captain Springbok Women in first Test against Kenya

Border Women’s skipper Lusanda Dumke will captain the Springbok Women’s side for their first of two Test matches against their Kenyan counterparts on Thursday.

Lusanda Dumke to captain Sprin

Border Women’s skipper Lusanda Dumke will captain the Springbok Women’s side for their first of two Test matches against their Kenyan counterparts on Thursday.

Dumke, who’s leadership skills came to the fore when she successfully led the Border Ladies side to an impressive Women’s Premier Division last month, will stand in for the injured Nolusindiso Booi.

Springbok Women with two guaranteed debutants

The match will also see DHL Western Province wing Alichia Arries and Blue Bulls Women lock Catha Jacobs make their first starts for the Dumke-led Springbok Women’s side. Only four players remain from the last Springbok Women’s side to play a Test match against Scotland in October 2019. prop Yonela Ngxingolo, hooker Lindelwa Gwala, lock Nompumelelo Mathe and centre Chumisa Qawe the only survivors from the 38-15 loss.

Dumke, however, is one of the selected players, that were involved the last time the Springbok Women’s side took on Kenya. She was joined by the likes of Gwala, Eloise Webb, Zintle Mpupha, Zenay Jordaan, Sinazo Mcatshulwa, Ngxingolo and Sizophila Solontsi as the starters that also featured in that particular match


Coach Stanley Raubenheimer has opted to mix inexperience with some seasoned campaigners having included seven uncapped players in Micke Gunter, Sanelisiwe Charlie, Amahle Nyoba, Lerato Makua, Ziyanda Ngohlekana, Donelle Snyders and Libbie Janse van Rensburg on the bench for the Springbok Women.

Coach Raubenheimer speaks

“We only had two days of preparation with the new players in the squad, so we didn’t have a lot of time to integrate them yet,” Raubenheimer explained.

“The preparations went well, we focussed on integrating the new players on how we want to play. We are tweaking certain aspects of our game. We want to change the way we used our first phase possession, and we want to evolve our kicking game a bit more.

“Last time we played Kenya, we had a good first half, but then we struggled in the second half. The aim this time will be a complete 80-minute performance and to implement those changes in our playing structures.


“It will not be easy as Kenya are a tough nut to crack, and we have some new players at this level. We hope to live up to our own expectations for this one,”  the Springbok Women’s coach Raubenheimer added.

The match at the Danie Craven stadium will kick off at 15h00 and can be streamed live on 

Who is Dumke?

Dumke is a 25 year-old flanker who was born in the Eastern Cape Transkei village of Centane. After losing her mother at the age of 12, she moved to East London. After trying her hand at Netball and Athletics, she was finally introduced to rugby at 15. She thrived very early on making the Border side as captain of the u16 team two years in a row, before going on to play for SA u18 Sevens. 

She then also represented the SA u20 15’s side and Dumke has now since graduated to the senior Springbok Women’s side where she has amassed seven caps since 2018. A powerful yet mobile ball-carrier the now Mdantsane resident will be hoping to lead the Springbok Women’s side to the same aplomb as her Border Ladies side with a victory on Thursday.

Here is the rest of the team:

15. Eloise Webb (Boland Dames; three caps, 20 points)

14. Veroeshka Grain (DHL Western Province; 11 caps 15 points)

13. Zintle Mpupha (DHL Western Province; seven caps, 27 points)

12. Chumisa Qawe (DHL Western Province; two caps, 10 points)

11. Alichia Arries (DHL Western Province; debut)

10. Zenay Jordaan (EP Queens; 32 caps 65 points)

9. Felicia Jacobs (DHL Western Province; four caps, 0 points)

8. Sizophila Solontsi (Cell C Sharks Women; four caps, 0 points)

7. Sinazo Mcatshulwa (DHL Western Province; seven caps, 10 points)

6. Lusanda Dumke (captain – Border Ladies; seven caps, 5 points)

5. Catha Jacobs (Blue Bulls Women; debut)

4. Nompumelelo Mathe (Cell C Sharks Women; three caps, 0 points)

3. Yonela Ngxingolo (Border Ladies; nine caps, 5 points)

2. Lindelwa Gwala (Cell C Sharks Women; 10 caps, 5 points)

1. Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border Ladies; five caps, 5 points)


16. Micke Gunter (Cell C Sharks Women, debut)

17. Sanelisiwe Charlie (EP Queens, debut)

18. Amahle Nyoba (EP Queens, debut)

19. Lerato Makua (Blue Bulls Women, debut)

20. Ziyanda Ngohlekana (SWD Eagirls, debut)

21. Donelle Snyders (DHL Western Province, debut)

22. Libbie Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls Women, debut )

23. Aphiwe Ngwevu (Boland Dames; five caps, 15 points)