Captain of the Springbok Women, Babalwa Latsha was recently named as one of Rugby Africa’s 12 ‘unstoppable’ women in rugby
South Africa (07 October 2020) – Babalwa Latsha has been named one of the top 12 leading women in rugby in Africa. This is a massive achievement and testament to the incredible player she is both on the field and off it.
Rugby Africa unveiled their ‘Try & Stop Us’ campaign on the 5th of October which features their selection of twelve phenomenal women from across the African continent. These women are not only rugby players but coaches, managers, referees and more. They will be known as the Unstoppables.
26-year-old Latsha made her Test debut with the Springbok Women on the team’s UK Tour in 2018, and because of her incredible leadership skills, she was made the captain the team in 2019 during in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup. During this time, the ladies also attended the 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifier.
South Africans are so proud of Latsha who has gone on to be the first female South African 15-a-side rugby player to sign a professional contract when she joined Spanish club SD Eibar Femenino, now this great accolade!
“Congratulations to Babalwa for being named as one of the Rugby Africa Unstoppables,”
“To be named among 12 leading women in rugby on the entire African continent is nothing short of remarkable, and given Babalwa’s achievements in the last two years, this recognition is very well deserved.” – Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO and Rugby Africa Secretary-General.
Latsha joins an incredible group of women including,
Rugby Africa #Unstoppables:
- Abigail Kawonza (Zimbabwe) – Board member, match official coach and referee
- Babalwa Latsha (South Africa) – Springbok Women’s and international player
- Christel Janet Kotze (Namibia) – Coach and TV producer
- Donatienne Rasoampamonjy (Madagascar) – Coach, coach trainer and club founder
- Fatma El-Kindiy (Botswana) – Communications and project manager
- Ella Paule Guei (Côte d’Ivoire) – Referee
- Fatou Camara Sene (Senegal) – Administrator and communications manager
- Rafatu Inusah (Ghana) – Board member and educator
- Peris Mukoko (Kenya) – Board member, educator and match official
- Samiya Ayikoru (Uganda) – International player
- Sanaa Barakat (Egypt) – Player
- Wejdane Limame (Tunisia) – Citing commissioner and club president
“It’s always a privilege to represent my nation and country in rugby, and being named amongst 12 powerful women in the sport is in itself is very empowering – not only to me but also for young women in Africa,”
“Rugby is rapidly growing on the continent and it is wonderful to be part of that. My message other women in rugby is that the sport is a phenomenal vehicle to change one’s life.
“So put in as much effort and work as you can to make your dreams come true, and enjoy your rugby as much as possible.” – Babalwa Latsha