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Springbok captain is CPUT student

EXPERIENCE: CPUT student Nolusindiso Booi, who is also captain of the national women’s rugby team, played in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. EXPERIENCE: CPUT student Nolusindiso Booi, who is also captain of the national women’s rugby team, played in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Ever wondered how a Springbok captain juggles the busy schedule of international rugby with the demanding world of university studies?

CPUT student Nolusindiso Booi, who is also captain of the national women’s rugby team, admits it is not easy striking the balance, but says communicating with lecturers helps her a lot. She is in her second year of study in Retail Business Management.

“It's not easy I won't lie about that, but I try by all means to balance everything. My studies are very important more than anything,” says Cindy, as she is affectionately known among her supporters.

She adds that she is studying because she wants to have a future after playing the sport. She argues that should she be injured and not able to play she must have something on which to fall back that no one can take it from her.

“It's not easy, there are commitments to my club, [Western] Province, that I must attend to during the week. I also have a programme with the national team and then my school work.”

The 33-year-old adds that this is too much a workload but worth it in the end. “With the love, I have for rugby I do my best to make all of it possible.”

The lock has been Springbok captain since 2017 and she has returned from a camp in Worcester with the team. She was among the 40 women who were selected to participate.

“It was all about our conditioning; strength, medicals, training and preparation for the tests games later this year,” she says.

The Springbok will be in action in Tests in September and October when hosting Scotland in two encounters in Cape Town. The Tests will be played at the City Park Sports Grounds in Athlone on 30 September and 5 October.

Born in Trust no 3, a rural village in Alice, Cindy had not played rugby until in 2007 when she attended Fort Hare University and later joined the Border team. After being a part of Border’s dominance in the interprovincial competition, winning four titles in a row from 2013 to 2016, she joined the Western Province in 2018.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.