The national schools age group teams have begun their preparatory camps for this year’s Craven Youth and Girls’ Rugby Week tournaments in South Africa.

The girls under 18 rugby team is camped at Heritage School in Borrowdale Brooke, with 28 players.

The coach outlined a rigorous training programme after being forced to drop some players due to delays in obtaining travel documents.

This week the team will be focusing on defense patterns, tackling techniques, set-pieces, back plays, scrums like lineouts, mauls and restarts as the girls U18 veteran coach Nsikelelo “Sykes” Sibanda leaves no stone unturned in his preparations.

Sibanda took the girls through their paces during their first training session at Heritage School where he was trying out some combinations after retaining eight of the players who featured in last year’s tournament in South Africa’s diamond mining town of Kimberly and home to franchise side Griquas.

The U18 girls coach said he hopes to surpass last year’s achievement by winning all their three matches.

Last year the team won two matches and lost one.

In their debut season, the girls finished fourth while last year in Kimberly they finished a credible third.

The team is expected to be given a send-off on Saturday the 1st of next month while the Girls Week will run from 3rd until the 7th of July in Bloemfontein.