The Springbok Women team to play France has been revealed. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springbok Women team to play France has been revealed. Photo: SA Rugby website

JUST IN: Springbok Women unveil team for RWC opener

The Springbok Women team to play France in their opening match of the Rugby World Cup has a familiar look to it.

The Springbok Women team to play France has been revealed. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springbok Women team to play France has been revealed. Photo: SA Rugby website

On Wednesday, the Springbok Women released the team sheet for the opening World Cup encounter in New Zealand, with only prop Sanelisiwe Charlie not a regular starter in the 2022 season.

Springbok Women coach Stanley Raubenheimer named both his Rugby World Cup veterans, Nolusindiso Booi and Zenay Jordaan, in the squad. Booi will lead the team out against France at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.


Jordaan is named on the bench and will equal the Springbok Women record of 34 Test caps held by Zandile Nojoko when she gets a run on Saturday.

Raubenheimer also named Tayla Kinsey at halfback and prop Asithandile Ntoyanto on the bench, meaning that all four players with previous Rugby World Cup experience will be involved in the opening match of the global showpiece.

Charlie will make a first start since August 2021, when she debuted against Kenya in Stellenbosch, but the powerful EP Queens loosehead prop was part of the match day squads in Wales in 2021 as well as the Japan and Spain series this year.

Eloise Webb is the only player selected that saw no action in the four Tests against Japan and Spain as she was out injured. She will play off the bench against France.


Raubenheimer said he has the utmost confidence in his charges.

“I had a pretty good idea of what my starting team was going to look like for a while now, and I told the players before we departed South Africa what everyone’s role will be in this match,” said Raubenheimer.

“It is pleasing to know that the planning was spot on in terms of the preparation of this squad and I have to give credit to my medical and management staff for making sure we could select the team best suited to take on France. We went to play France last year to experience the intensity they play with first hand, and it was an important first step in getting us ready for this match.

“We are now ready to deliver a result that will make the group, but also the country proud. They are one of tournament favourites’ and rightly so, but that is not an issue for us. We have a plan; we have the players. The trick is now to make sure both work in harmony.”


The Springbok Women team to face France in Auckland:

15. Nadine Roos (Blue Bulls Women) – 8 tests, 25 points (5 tries)
14. Nomawethu Mabenge (EP Queens) – 8 tests, 25 points (5 tries)
13. Zintle Mpupha (DHL Western Province) – 15 tests, 86 points (16 tries, 3 conversions)
12. Aphiwe Ngwevu (Border Ladies) – 12 tests, 35 points (7 tries)
11. Simamkele Namba (DHL Western Province) – 6 tests, 30 points (6 tries)
10. Libbie Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls Women) – 10 tests, 96 points (4 tries, 26 conversions, 7 penalty goals, 1 drop goal)
9. Tayla Kinsey (Cell C Sharks Women) – 21 tests, 44 points (2 tries, 14 conversions, 2 penalty goals)
8. Aseza Hele (Boland Dames) – 13 tests, 25 points (5 tries)
7. Sinazo Mcatshulwa (DHL Western Province) – 15 tests, 35 points (7 tries)
6. Sizophila Solontsi (Cell C Sharks Women) – 13 tests, 25 points (5 tries)
5. Rights Mkhari (Blue Bulls Women) – 8 tests, 35 points (7 tries)
4. Nolusindiso Booi (captain, DHL Western Province) – 30 tests, 10 points (2 tries)
3. Babalwa Latsha (DHL Western Province) – 17 tests, 10 points (2 tries)
2. Lindelwa Gwala (Cell C Sharks Women) – 18 tests, 10 points (2 tries)
1. Sanelisiwe Charlie (EP Queens) – 4 tests
16. Roseline Botes (DHL Western Province) – 5 tests, 10 points (2 tries)
17. Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border Ladies) – 12 tests, 10 points (2 tries)
18. Monica Mazibukwana (EP Queens) – 3 tests
19. Catha Jacobs (Blue Bulls Women) – 7 tests
20. Lusanda Dumke (Border Ladies) – 15 tests, 25 points (5 tries)
21. Unam Tose (Border Ladies) – 11 tests
22. Zenay Jordaan (EP Queens) – 33 tests, 98 points (13 tries, 12 conversions, 3 penalty goals)
23. Eloise Webb (Border Ladies) – 7 tests, 30 points (6 tries)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 02: Sanelisiwe Charlie poses for a portrait during the South Africa 2021 Rugby World Cup headshots session at the Pullman Hotel on October 02, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)


  • Zenay Jordaan will equal Zandile Nojoko (34) as the most capped Springbok Test player of all time if she takes the field against France.
  • Jordaan (98) or Libbie Janse van Rensburg (96) could become the first Springbok Women player to score 100 points for their country.
  • Zintle Mpupha (16) could extend her record as South Africa’s leading try scorer in tests.

Previous results against France:

10 August 2009: Draw 17-17 at Oakville, Canada

4 July 2014: France won 46-8 at Marcoussis, France

5 August 2014: France won 55-3 at Marcoussis, France (Rugby World Cup match)

6 November 2021: France won 46-3 in Vannes, France