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    Stormers confirm tour party

    2013-04-19 11:28
    Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has announced a 26-man touring squad for his team's four-match Super Rugby tour of Australasia.

    Coetzee named 15 forwards and 11 backs, with Jean de Villiers leading a squad that features fit-again stars Scarra Ntubeni, Eben Etzebeth, Rynhardt Elstadt, Elton Jantjies and Bryan Habana.

    “We’ve had a good week off and we’re looking forward to heading off on tour,” said Coetzee ahead of the Stormers’ clashes against the Hurricanes, the Blues, the Waratahs and the Rebels.

    “Traditionally, we’ve always performed well in New Zealand and Australia and we’re naturally hoping for positive results over the next four weeks.

    “It’s a big boost having Scarra, Eben, Rynhardt, Elton and Bryan back from injury, but, like I’ve said throughout the season, it’s a squad effort and we will rely on all 26 players on tour.”

    Stormers touring squad:

    Gio Aplon
    Andries Bekker
    Martin Bezuidenhout
    Nizaam Carr
    Pat Cilliers
    Damian de Allende
    Juan de Jongh
    Jean de Villiers (captain)
    Dewaldt Duvenage
    Rynhardt Elstadt
    Eben Etzebeth
    Deon Fourie
    Nic Groom
    Bryan Habana
    Brok Harris
    Elton Jantjies
    Steven Kitshoff
    Siya Kolisi
    Frans Malherbe
    Scarra Ntubeni
    Joe Pietersen
    Michael Rhodes
    Louis Schreuder
    De Kock Steenkamp
    Gary van Aswegen
    Duane Vermuelen

    MANAGEMENT:

    Head coach: Allister Coetzee
    Assistant coaches: Robbie Fleck and Matt Proudfoot
    Manager: Chippie Solomon
    Kicking coach: Greg Hechter
    Strength and conditioning coach: Stephan du Toit
    Doctor: Dr Arthur Williams
    Physiotherapist: Wayne Hector
    Physiotherapist/defence analyst: Jacques Nienaber
    Masseur: Greg Daniels
    Technical analyst: Human Kriek

    FIXTURES:

    v Hurricanes (FMG Stadium, Palmerston North) – Friday, April 26 - 09:35
    v Blues (North Harbour Stadium, Albany) – Friday, May 3 - 09:35
    v Waratahs (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) – Saturday, May 11 - 11:40
    v Rebels (AAMI Park, Melbourne) – Friday, May 17 - 11:40

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