Proteas team to meet for first time in Stellenbosch ahead of Netball World Cup

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The 15-player South African National Netball Team that will represent the country at the World Cup in Cape Town will assemble for the first time on Monday at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Coach Norma Plummer announced the final team last month including seven debutants with seven players missing out.

The provisional team was in the camp in Stellenbosch for more than a week before the final team was announced.

Proteas team manager Nisha Rupnarain says the team will be going through the final stretch of the preparations for the global showpiece that commences late in April.

“We get back on the 12th to the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports for the kit distribution and final arrangements and on the 14th we report to cape town for the pre-World Cup camp and on the 28th of July we commence with the competition,” Rupnarain says.

The Durban-born was a multi-faceted sports fanatic from an early age, but was bitten by a Netball bug and never looked back.

“I started netball at a very young age, I am a multi-faceted sporting person, but I gravitated towards netball at a very young age, ” she adds.

Nisha became a KwaZulu-Natal Team Manager in 2013 after her playing days. A year later she later became the Proteas team manager.

Some of her key responsibilities include creating a platform and environment for the team to perform at their optimum and looking after the players well being.

“I started around 2013 with KZN Netball and represented the province in the national league, and that’s when the proteas invited me for an interview for the team manager position, I have been with the team since 2014,” Rupnarain says.

The World Cup will commence on July 28 with the Proteas at least aiming for a podium finish.

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-Reporting by Vincent Sitsula.