Cheetahs name youthful Super Rugby squad
Cape Town - The Cheetahs have announced their 37-man squad for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.
Coach Franco Smith has included four players - Justin Basson, Dennis
Visser, Zee Mkhabela and Clinton Swart - with no Super Rugby experience
in the squad, while there are also four Springboks - Hilton Lobberts,
Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem and Francois Venter - in the group.
In a massive off-season blow to their chances, the Cheetahs lost lock kingpin Lood de Jager to the Bulls.
However, loose forward Boom Prinsloo, who missed the majority of last season through injury, has been selected
The Cheetahs, who will once again play in the Africa 1 Conference, finished a disappointing 14th in last year's tournament.
They will open their campaign at home in Bloemfontein against the Lions on Saturday, February 25 at 15:05.
Cheetahs 2017 Super Rugby squad:
Danie Mienie, Joseph Dweba, Ox Nche,
Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Jacques du Toit, Elandre Huggett,
Tom Botha, Johan Coetzee, Justin Basson, Carl Wegner, Hilton Lobberts,
Armandt Koster, Francois Uys, Dennis Visser, Reniel Hugo, Paul Schoeman,
Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Boom Prinsloo, Niell Jordaan, Henco Venter,
Shaun Venter, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Niel Marais, Sergeal Petersen,
Raymond Rhule, Zee Mkhabela, Francois Venter, Ryno Benjamin, Nico Lee,
William Small-Smith, Clinton Swart, Michael van der Spuy, Clayton
Blommetjies, Ryno Eksteen