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De Jongh back for Stormers
Juan de Jongh (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Fit-again Springbok centre Juan de Jongh will start at outside centre for the Stormers in Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the unbeaten Brumbies.
Kick-off is at 19:10.
De Jongh will play in his first competitive match of the 2013 season, having picked up a hamstring injury during a pre-season match against the Cheetahs early last month.
The return of De Jongh, for this clash at Newlands, will see captain Jean de Villiers shift to inside centre, with youngster Damian de Allende warming the bench after starting three matches in succession.
Other changes to the Stormers backline - from the side that started against the Chiefs two weeks ago - see Gerhard van den Heever come in for his first start, as a replacement for the injured Bryan Habana, whilst Dewaldt Duvenage takes over at scrumhalf from Nic Groom, who will revert to the bench.
There is just one change to the Stormers pack, with Springbok Tiaan Liebenberg, who made his comeback from the bench against the Chiefs, taking over at hooker and Deon Fourie starting amongst the replacements.
Joining Fourie, Groom and De Allende on the bench this week is Springbok back Jaco Taute - back in action again after taking a knock to his groin region against the Bulls in the Stormers' opening match of 2013.
"The Brumbies are the pace-setters in the 2013 Super Rugby tournament - it will be a tough game against a quality side, but we're looking forward to the challenge (of playing against a quality outfit)," said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
"Their set-piece is good, they put the opposition under pressure with ball in hand and it will be a good challenge for our defensive system and defence line. Technically, the Brumbies have been good, as they showed against the Sharks, but people tend to be overlooking the fact that this Brumbies side is a physical unit too."Teams:
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Gerhard van den Heever, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Damian de Allende, 22. Jaco Taute
Referee: Glen Jackson