Nadine Roos –  the Rugby Sevens Star

The Springbok Rugby women’s sevens team have just returned from playing the Africa Cup Qualifiers in Tunisia, where they secured Olympic qualification for the games in Paris next year. World rugby player of the year and sevens star, Nadine Roos joins me on the show today to discuss this recent win in Tunisia and the team’s determination as they approached the qualifiers.
We also talk about how the team handled the pressure at the tournament and the tough circumstances that faced them as they played in Africa. Reflecting deeply on her faith and upbringing in the home of our grandmother Ouma Sarie, Nadine shares a glimpse of the tough times and how her grandmother’s wisdom and faith paved a profound connection to religion in her own life. As an introvert Nadine has learnt to handle the media attention and the public spotlight, so how does she do that? And what advice would she give to her younger self? We also touch on the importance of paving a bright future for women in rugby, and how we can do that as spectators, players and investors. And of course, Nadine discusses the on-field emotions players have to manage with calmness and respect, especially when referees aren’t impartial. The rest of 2023 and its rugby calendar is exciting, so where will Nadine and the team be heading to over the next few weeks, tune in and find out here.

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Springbok Women with Libbie JV Rensburg

On She Speaks Sport today I am joined by Bulls Daisies rugby co – captain Libbie Janse van Rensburg. Libbie played her first season for the Bulls in 2021, where she became their top scorer for the season. She made her bok debut in 2021, and was part of the Springboks 7’s who won the Challenger Series earlier this year, added to this she won the backline player of the season for the Daisies and is currently training with the Springboks for the upcoming WXV tournament in October

On the show Libbie and I talk about professionalising women’s rugby in South Africa and how her team, the Bulls Daisies has changed the narrative through professionalisation. We talk about her journey as a captain in becoming the premier league division winners this year, what keeps her motivated and how she motivates the team around her. Libbie also gives us some insight on the current feeling in the camp as the Springbok women prepare to take on the Barbarians, Samoa, Italy and Scotland. Which team is she looking forward to playing? How can we invest in rugby and women’s sport on different levels, so little girls can dream of a career in sport? It’s all in here, and so much more, join us as we unpack women’s rugby and the future, here in South Africa.

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