The Senegalese women’s national team at 15 resumed training, which created a lot of enthusiasm and enthusiasm among the players.
Rugby Africa spoke with team captain Mariama Diallo to find out what this means for her and her teammates as they prepare to play games in the coming months.
1. How excited are you that the national team is back in training after such a long absence from the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
It’s a real pleasure for me to resume training for the national team. It’s a great pleasure to be back with my teammates on the pitch, especially since it’s in preparation for the fifteen-a-side women’s national team, which is a first for Senegal. We want to be ready to compete in the Rugby Africa Open, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to improve our conditioning and rugby skills.
2. What type of training have you taken in recent months?
I train to be a match official every week and I have also benefited from a training grant in building design thanks to the PISCCA PROJECT (Innovative Projects of Civil Societies and Coalitions of Actors) which I obtained thanks to Maison Du Rugby and which aims to help young women gain self-confidence to understand their environment and believe in their potential.
3. When was your last rugby match?
I had the chance to play my last match three weeks ago during a rugby sevens tournament organized by the Senegalese Rugby Federation. Fortunately, we’ve been back into the sport for quite some time now, which has been very good for the players from a conditioning and playing point of view.
4. How difficult do you think it will be for players to return to international rugby matches, especially in terms of the physical aspects of the game?
It will be very difficult for players to return to their usual level of competition, especially since we have not been able to participate in serious and regular training for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take a lot of training, willpower and commitment to get back to our best.
5. Do you have any games soon, and if so, when and against which team?
We have a few matches on the program, the first of which are national competitions organized by the Senegalese Rugby Federation. This will be followed by the Rugby Africa internationals, so there are some exciting times ahead for the team.
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