Teenage Rugby Playing Twin Sisters Chuma And Chumisa Qawe Get Springbok Selection By Cheryl Roberts

17 Sep

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At 19 years old, the Qawe twin sisters – Chuma and Chumisa – are some of the youngest players called up to the Springbok women’s team. They have emerged through youth girls rugby in Border and into the Border senior women’s team. This year, both Chuma and Chumisa represented SA u20 women’s team against Zimbabwe. And now, both players not their Springbok call-ups got the women’s rugby home series against Spain. 

I did a Q and A interview with the Qawe rugby playing twin sisters to find out about their talent in rugby and love for rugby. 

Q: Did you expect to get a Springbok call-up this year? What was your reaction when told of your selection?

Chuma: No, I didn’t expect to get a call from Springbok coach. So I was happy and nervous at the same time
Chumisa: No, I really didn’t expect to get a Springbok call up. When I did, I was too excited to join the Springbok camp.

Q: How did you start playing rugby?
Chuma: I started playing rugby in 2007 in primary school; playing with boys.
Chumisa: My twin sister was called up for Border trials for girls when coach Xoliswa asked for a centre. Then my twin suggested I should go and try my luck. That’s how my rugby journey started.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing rugby?
Chuma: It activates my thinking skills, keeps me busy in a way of keeping me away from troubles. For example I don’t have time for drugs, alcohol and other stuff besides gym and books. And more importantly, it introduces me to meeting and interacting with people. 
Chumisa: It’s because I always meet new people, it’s a great thing to make new friends and to learn other skills about my position.

Q: How are you enjoying being in the Springbok squad?
Chuma: I am enjoying being in the Springbok squad. 
Chumisa: Me too. I’m very much enjoying being in the Springbok squad.

Q: Would you like to play for a pro rugby club in a pro league?

Chuma: Yes  I would like to play for the pro rugby club in a pro league
Chumisa: Yes, me too. I would like to play for a pro club in a pro league.

Q: Which international women rugby players do you admire?
Chuma: The international women’s rugby player that I admire it Zintle Mpupha. I grew up wanting to be her and do what she does.  Like I used to play cricket Zintle and sometimes she would miss cricket practice and I will ask myself how does she manage to play rugby and cricket at the same time.
Chumisa: I admire the world’s best player and that’s Portia Woodman from New Zealand.

Q: Was your family involved in rugby?
Chuma: Yes. Some of them.
Chumisa: Yes, my brother and my cousins.

Q: Where were you born? Where did you go to school?
Chuma: I was born in the Eastern Cape. I attended primary school at Debe Valley Primary school and high school at Siseko High school.
Chumisa: In the Eastern Cape. I did my primary at Debe Valley School and then my high school at Siseko High School.

Q: What else do you do besides playing rugby?
Chuma: I used to play cricket but now I play rugby only.
Chumisa: I used to play netball but now I’m no longer playing it.

Q: Are you studying this year? Where? What are you studying?
Chuma: Yes. I am studying at Lovedale College doing HR
Chumisa: Yes. I’m studying at University of Fort Hare. I’m studying Human Movement Science

Q: Do you support your twin sister in rugby?
Chuma: Yes I do support her. 
Chumisa: Yes, very much. We talk about our games like what we did wrong and how we can improve.

Q: What would you like to achieve from playing rugby? 
Chuma: Ummh….. well to be well known all over the world as the best and the most respected players and inspire young kids
Chumisa: To be given opportunities to see how good I can play rugby. 

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