Stormers call up Earl Rose
Cape Town - After advice from a specialist on his ankle strain, Peter Grant has been withdrawn from the Stormers team to play the Brumbies and will return to South Africa. The injury requires 2-3 weeks of immobilisation, rest and rehabilitation.
Kurt Coleman, another product of the WP Rugby Institute, has been training with the team and will wear the 10 jersey in the game against the Brumbies. Dewaldt Duvenage will again provide cover.
“Kurt has fitted in well at training and has been part of our systems. He is surrounded by experienced players and we have every confidence in his abilities,” said Coach Allister Coetzee.
“Like the rest of the youngsters that we have utilised this year, he has a fantastic opportunity, one that we are confident he is ready for and will grab with both hands.”
Earl Rose has been called up to the squad as specialised flyhalf cover for Coleman and will arrive in Australia on Monday. He will remain with the squad until Grant recovers.
“Earl has the experience required to provide specialised cover for Kurt. He has a valid visa and thus was immediately available for travel after having being released by Griquas,” said Coetzee.
“He will slot into the Stormers structures and be carefully managed,” added the coach.
The Stormers list of injured flyhalves includes Grant, Gary van Aswegen, Lionel Cronje and Sam Lane.
In other injury related news; CJ van der Linde should be available for selection against the Bulls, while Cronje does not require an operation but still has approximately four weeks of rehabilitation left.
Captain Schalk Burger says that spirits are high and the team is confident of following last week's win over the Blues in Auckland.
"The team is in high spirits after last week's win." he said on the Stormers site.
We really had to dig in and we managed to pull victory out of the fire. Confidence is up and now we are looking forward to the challenge ahead against the Brumbies.
"The Brumbies are a better team than the log suggests and we will need to be up for it if we want to come away with the victory. As a team we have never beaten them away from home so we would like to put the record right on Saturday.
"They have some very experienced guys and also great game-breakers in Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper so we know it will be a huge challenge. "