Eloise Webb’s career has received a major boost after the Madibaz sevens rugby star was given a two-year contract with the national squad.
The 22-year-old Nelson Mandela University education student was delighted with the development and is looking forward to playing rugby fulltime.
“I really want to play sport for a living while I’m still young enough,” said Webb, who made her national debut in 2016. “So this is a huge opportunity for me to do that.
She added it was a relief to able to focus on “just playing rugby”.
After a difficult year on the international programme, she said the most important lesson the SA team had learnt was the need to stick together at all times.
“If we can do that, we will still make it through to the other side,” said Webb.
“This year was a very tough year for us as we didn’t perform in the World Cup or Commonwealth Games. But as a team we were able to pick ourselves up and did much better in the Dubai tournament.”
She was a member of a new-look national squad which introduced six uncapped players at the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens, where the SA team finished with the silver medal.
“We knew it was going to be tough for us, but we decided that no matter the challenges we faced we would stick together and make sure we played for each other.”