Rugby star returns from Spain

2020-04-02 06:00
Eibar prop Babalwa Latsha during the league game against Industriales Las Rozas in Spain.

Eibar prop Babalwa Latsha during the league game against Industriales Las Rozas in Spain.

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The Springbok Women’s captain Babalwa Latsha is back in the country after the Spanish Rugby Federation suspended their games due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. She has been in the country for nearly two weeks following the suspension of all sporting activities in Spain.

Latsha, who plays as a prop, described the pandemic as one of “deadliest diseases”. She said the long intervals imposed on sport are killing teams’ momentum. She said they were looking forward to finishing the league as champions.

“We played seven games and out of them I played six games and we were left with two games before we finished the season,” she said, adding that it is not clear when they are going to resume the league. Latsha said her contract with Eibar is supposed to expire at the end of April, but there is an option of extension. “I really enjoy my stay in Spain hopefully they will renew my contract. But, my challenge in Spain is the language. It’s difficult for foreign players particularly us who only speak English,” she said, adding Spaniards don’t care about English.

For her staying fit she said she is training indoors. She also urged South Africans to heed the president’s call of people staying indoors in an attempt to fight the pandemic. Latsha has made name for herself by being the first woman to play professional rugby abroad (“Latsha moving to Europe”, 16 January, City Vision).

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