HSBC 7's South African women team.

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I was wondering our women's team are now in their second year of semi professional training, last year they lost to China in the final of the qualifiers in Hong Kong. This year they cannot participate because they never took part in the Africa 7's,The teams that came first and second qualified for the qualifiers.. Kenya and Uganda qualified ( they could beat both teams easily) and are going to Hong Kong. The Africa 7's took place in Gaborone (just next door) why would they throw away their chance or was someone sleeping at SA rugby. Well to top it all we now have a women's leg in Cape Town this year without a South African team taking part unless they invited. dumb and dumber.
 

thestaggy

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Done a quick Google search. Looks like SASCOC is a part of the problem. SA Rugby done their best to get them to the 2016 Rio Olympics but SASCOC said it wasn't good enough and left them at home. A consequence of this may be SA Rugby pushing them to the side.

In 2015, The springbok Women Sevens team won the continental Sevens title when they beat Kenya (5-31) in the Cup Final of the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

By virtue of their title as African champions, this qualified them for a place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in accordance to the criteria set out by World Rugby.

However, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), had a different set of criteria which the Springbok Women did not meet.

According to SASCOC, for rugby sevens, the men and women’s teams could only qualify for Rio as a core team on the World Series. The Springbok men achieved this standard, while the women’s team was hoping that SASCOC would relax this ruling and allow them to travel to Rio as continental champions.

They were wrong.

The SA women’s team was omitted from Team South Africa to Rio 2016. As runners-up in Johannesburg, Kenya’s women’s team, the Lionesses, instead became Olympians at the inaugural Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament the following year.
http://www.blitzbokke.com/2018/08/what-is-happening-to-womens-rugby-sevens-in-south-africa/
 
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