An emerging force in women’s rugby
Rustenburg – Impala Rugby Club are probably well known for the exploits of their men’s team, given their history making achievement of winning the Gold Cup in 2019.
However, the club’s women team are proving they may not be too far off from reaching those same lofty standards. The Vixens may have only started playing in the women’s rugby league this year but four of their players have a good reason to count themselves among the best players competing in the North West Province.
The four – Sapokazi Mlatsha, Angelique Vierra, Abigail Maritz and Lyne Raats – have been included in the Leopards senior women rugby squad that will represent the North West in the upcoming national inter-provincial league matches. Vixens coach Trevor Vissier said competing against some of the country’s best players in women’s rugby was a huge milestone for the four players as well as the club.
“This is the first time these players will be competing in the provincial team so we are also equally excited about this achievement,” he said. “I only started coaching women’s rugby recently and the idea is to make sure we develop the sport so that the Vixens become a very competitive team,” he added. “This club used to have a vibrant women’s rugby side and we have made it a priority to revive the sport,” Vissier concluded.
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