Etzebeth starts for Stormers
Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Lock Eben Etzebeth will make his first start of the 2013 Super Rugby season when the Stormers take on the high-flying Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 11:40.
Etzebeth made his return to action - from an ankle injury which he sustained during pre-season action - in last week’s 18-17 loss to the Blues in Albany. The Springbok star will partner fellow international Andries Bekker in the second row, as the Stormers look to pick up a second win on the road in Australasia.
In other changes to the matchday 22 which did duty against the Blues, flank/lock Don Armand joins the bench - along with wing Gerhard van den Heever, who flew over to Sydney as an injury replacement earlier this week.
Centre/wing Damian de Allende drops out of the squad altogether for this weekend’s match.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee explained: “We didn’t make many changes in order to retain some continuity for this week.
“On the bench, Damian didn’t do much wrong but our thinking with getting Gerhard onto the bench is that he’s a specialist wing and that will give us some more options.”
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Elton Jantjies, 22. Gerhard van den Heever
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)