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    Stormers send SOS to Joubert

    2012-05-16 10:17

    Adnaan Mohamed - Son

    Cape Town - Saracens No 8 Ernst Joubert could be on his way to Cape Town to help alleviate the Stormers' loose forward injury crisis.

    According to a reliable source, the former Lions No 8, who has plied his trade at Saracens since 2009, could join the Stormers' training sessions as early as Wednesday.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed on Monday that he'd made a number of overseas phone calls to find out who was available.

    "At the moment we are okay, but what will happen if we lose yet another loose forward?

    "Anything is possible.

    “Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster will only be back from injury in July, but in the interim we need to make a plan for our next three Super Rugby matches against the Waratahs, Sharks and Bulls."

    Last week the Cape franchise surprised all and sundry by calling up unheralded Canadian loose forward Jebb Sinclair.

    Sinclair was named on the substitutes' bench for last Saturday's match against the Cheetahs at Newlands, and following a serious knee injury to No 8 Nizaam Carr as early as the 22nd minute, Sinclair was summoned into action.

    Coetzee has called upon Western Province Vodacom Cup flank Don Armand, who is expected to form part of the matchday 22-man squad to face the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday. Kick-off is 19:10.

    Ceres-born Joubert, 31, has played 86 matches in total for Saracens, including 14 this season in which he has scored eight tries. Prior to his departure for England, he skippered the Lions.

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