EAST London-born Eloise Webb, 22, who was educated at Grens High School, will not only represent her home town but also South Africa as a member of the Commonwealth Games SA Rugby Sevens team in Australia.
She has represented the squad since the end of 2016.
The fourth-year Bachelor of Education Intermediate Phase maths and science student at the Nelson Mandela University, plays flyhalf and centre for the Madibaz.
“One of my goals was just to grow as a player, and learn as much as I possibly can.
“Every time you make the team and go to any tournament, that it is an achievement,” Webb said.
The young player She said she was looking forward to seeing how much they had improved as a team, as this would also show them where they are as a team, and where they must improve to get better and achieve a higher level of play.
Webb said She felt they were an amazing team, and had trained hard for the upcoming tournaments.
The Hong Kong Qualifier is due to be played today and tomorrow.
”This will be the first tournament and we will play our hearts out to qualify for the world circuit.
“Then we can start focusing on the Commonwealth Games, which will be one huge experience,” Webb said.
She was aware that playing on the world circuit meant competing against the best teams in the world, she said. but she did not see that as a challenge.
“We’ve played against these teams before, but we will play back-to-back tournaments, and I think that will be tough on the body, as we’re not used to playing these types of games. We will just need to adjust to that.
“I feel our preparations are looking good, and we could therefore maintain a positive attitude, as the spirit of the team is very positive and every single player in the system strives to learn new things. Therefore, I feel we’re ready for these big tournaments,” she said.
Webb said her family were very sports orientated. she was introduced to playing sport from a young age, as her family loved different types of sport codes.
“One of the women I played cricket with invited me to practise rugby with her team; they had actually already spoken to my brother, who also played for the Border side, about asking me to play rugby for them.
Webb then went to training and started to appreciate the big difference between rugby and netball. She continued with her training which led to her rugby career.
“My goals are just to become a better person and learn as much as I can from our coach and from my teammates,” she said. We always look at our process in which we grow; so we just want to work on that, and our system will go forward,” concluded Webb.