Stormers name touring squad
Cape Town - The Stormers have announced a
27-man touring squad for their upcoming trip to Australasia, which will see
them take on the Highlanders, the Hurricanes, the Waratahs and the Force on
their 2015 Super Rugby away trip.
Captain Duane Vermeulen will lead a squad
with no selection surprises and a playing group which includes prop Oli Kebble,
lock Eben Etzebeth, flank Michael Rhodes and wing Johnny Kotze - all of whom did
not play against the Chiefs at the weekend.
The only player unavailable because of
injury is hard-working flank Rynhardt Elstadt (broken leg - suffered against
the Blues in Round 2), with Stormers coach Allister Coetzee rightfully
rewarding those players who have served the team so well thus far in 2015.
The Stormers currently head up the SA
Conference with 16 points from five matches, while they are in third position
on the overall log - having lost just once in five fixtures (two at home, three
away) in 2015.
loss to the Chiefs was obviously a disappointing one for us, but it’s up to us
to bounce back on tour,” Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“I always say it, but there is not an easy
match in Super Rugby and it certainly doesn’t get any easier away from home
against quality outfits like the Highlanders, Hurricanes, the defending
champion Waratahs and the Force.
“That said, we’re a team that enjoys
touring. We’re a close squad and even though we have a lot of first-time (Super
Rugby) tourists in the group, our strong leadership team will give those new
players the necessary guidance and support throughout.”
The Stormers have a bye this weekend,
before facing the highlander in Dunedin on March 28.
Stormers touring squad (27):
Ruan Botha - Lock
Schalk Burger - Loose forward
Manuel Carizza - Lock
Nizaam Carr - Loose forward
Demetri Catrakilis - Flyhalf
Kurt Coleman - Flyhalf
Damian de Allende - Centre
Juan de Jongh - Centre (vice-captain)
Eben Etzebeth - Lock
Nic Groom - Scrumhalf
Huw Jones - Centre/wing
Oli Kebble - Loosehead prop
Steven Kitshoff - Loosehead prop
Jean Kleyn - Lock
Vincent Koch - Tighthead prop
Cheslin Kolbe - Fullback/wing
Siya Kolisi - Loose forward
Johnny Kotze - Wing/centre
Dillyn Leyds - Wing/fullback/flyhalf
Frans Malherbe - Tighthead prop
Bongi Mbonambi - Hooker
Scarra Ntubeni - Hooker
Michael Rhodes - Flank/lock
Louis Schreuder - Scrumhalf
Kobus van Wyk - Wing/centre
Alistair Vermaak - Loosehead prop
Duane Vermeulen - No 8 (captain)