Cape Town - Loose forwards Nizaam Carr and
Siya Kolisi will not be available for Saturday's pre-season friendly against the
SWD Eagles in George, but the Stormers' long-term injured players are all
making good progress ahead of the Super Rugby tournament.
Carr was in hospital last week with a
severe viral infection, but has since been discharged and is recovering well at
home, while Kolisi is resting a hamstring niggle from last week.
The likes of locks Jean Kleyn and Ruan
Botha and prop Frans Malherbe are all still making good progress from their
long-term injuries, meanwhile, with Kleyn joining full team training on Monday.
The Stormers will travel to George on
Friday, ahead of Saturday's meeting with the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park (16:30
kick-off). The team, to face the Eagles, will be announced on Tuesday late
The Stormers will open their 2015 Super
Rugby campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday, February 14 (19:10
kick-off). Their first home game is against the Blues at Newlands on Saturday,
February 21 (17:05).
Before then, however, the 2011 and 2012 SA
Conference winners will participate in three pre-season friendlies over the
next three weeks - this weekend against SWD (16:30 kick-off), the Cheetahs
(January 30 - home, 19;00) and the Boland Cavaliers (February 7 - away,
The full Stormers injury report on Monday:
- Loose forward Nizaam Carr (viral
infection) is recovering well at home and should be available for selection in
two weeks' time.
- Flanker Siya Kolisi (tight hamstring) is
in the final phase of treatment and should train fully next week. He will not
be available for selection this week.
- Wing Kobus van Wyk (back) is recovering
well after missing training late last week, but will not be risked this
- Prop Frans Malherbe (ankle) and locks
Jean Kleyn (meniscus) and Ruan Botha (ankle) all continue to respond well to
treatment from their long-term injuries. Kleyn did his first team training
session today (Monday), but will not be considered for selection as yet.
Malherbe and Botha should join full team training in about two weeks' time.