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Bok Women’s captain 'excited and relieved'

Springbok Women’s captain Babalwa Latsha has had her contract with Spanish club SD Eibar Femenino renewed for next year.

The 26-year-old prop became the first African women's rugby player to sign a professional contract when she joined the Spanish club on a three-month deal in January.

Latsha was in excellent form for SD Eibar, scoring 13 tries in seven games, before having to return home when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘I’m excited and relieved,' she tells RugbyRocks.com about her contract renewal. 'Without a doubt, it came because of my contribution as a player on and off the field for the club.

‘My goal was to put in such great performances that they would want to take me back in 2021, and come to South Africa to look at other talented female rugby players.

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‘Talent is one thing we are not short of in our country. We have extremely talented and great players and all they need is better opportunities.

‘I was fortunate enough to get that opportunity and I want the same for others.'

Latsha expects to return to Spain in January 2021.

'That’s the timeline I’m working with, although we are living in uncertain times. I’m looking forward to the chance to compete again!’