For Booi, the progress and improvement shown in training sessions against Scotland and Wales, and a test win against Spain last weekend, provides the blueprint for their approach against the USA.

“We have been building nicely during the tour,” said Booi.

“We had a couple of objectives coming on tour and improving on the field of play was a big one. That included adapting to the intensity and pace the top ten teams in the world play with, something we got a taste of in the sessions against Scotland and Wales.

“Now we will encounter USA and if we applied the learnings on tour so far, I believe we are well prepared to deliver a very good performance.”

She urged her teammates to push through until the final play “We are close to the end of the tour and after three weeks going home will be welcomed by all, but before that, we have one more job to do. One of our other objectives was to win both tests, so the job is not done for us.”

Booi played in four of the previous test matches against the USA, with the last 11 years ago: “Both teams have changed a lot since, both in personnel and style, so this will be a new beginning almost. It is certainly a match we are looking forward to play in.”

Booi will extending her record for the Springbok Women to 42 Test caps in London, while the clash will also be significant for two of her teammates, Asipe Mayaba and Nomsa Mokwai.

Mayaba, who scored a hat-trick on debut and twice in her second outing, returns from a long-term injury to earn a third test cap, while Mokwai lost her mother at the start of the tour.

Mokwai returned home for the funeral and rejoined just before the Spain Test. Her fifth appearance will also be the first time she plays under Louis Koen as head coach after he took over the reins just over a year ago.

“I never expected to be back in test rugby again, so this is just wonderful for me. The emotions will be there, but this is also a wonderful opportunity to honour my mother and that will motivate me if I get a chance to play,” said Mokwai, who will have her mother’s date of birth and date of passing written on her leg strapping.

Mayaba said she was very excited to return to the Test arena: “I would love nothing more than scoring a try, because us wingers loving doing that, but if that does not happen, my contributions to the team in general play and defence are equally important. Being back at this level made the rehabilitation worth the while and I cannot wait to get back on the field and do my thing with such a great bunch of teammates.”


16/08/2009 (Ontario): USA 39, South Africa 0

09/08/2011 (Ontario): South Africa 26, USA 23

13/08/2011 (Ontario): USA 29, South Africa 9

03/08/2013 (Colorado): USA 35, South Africa 22

10/08/2013 (Colorado): USA 61, South Africa 5

Match details: Springbok Women v USA Women

Date: Saturday 30 March 2024

Venue: Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club, London

Kick-off: 15h00 (SA time)

Referee: Holly Wood (England)

Livestream: SA Rugby You Tube Channel.