De Allende, Elstadt back for Stormers
Cape Town - Damian de Allende
and Rynhardt Elstadt are both set to make their first appearances for the
Stormers this season after being named in the match-day squad for the clash
with the Sunwolves at Newlands on Friday.
Both players, who have
recovered from pre-season injuries, will take their place on the bench for the
Stormers’ historic first-ever match against the Super Rugby newcomers from
There are two changes to the
backline that started in the Stormers’ 13-8 victory over the Jaguares in Buenos
Aires, with halfbacks Nic Groom and Kurt Coleman both sidelined through injury.
Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder
will partner flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis, who makes his Stormers starting
debut, whilst Godlen Masimla will provide cover from the replacements bench.
In the front row, a
rotational switch sees props Oli Kebble and Vincent Koch come back into the
starting line-up, with JC Janse van Rensburg and Frans Malherbe taking their
place amongst the replacements.
Pieter-Steph du Toit returns
at lock after being rested against the Jaguares, whilst JD Schickerling will
join him in the second row following an injury to Eben Etzebeth during the
The final change sees Schalk
Burger come back into the starting line-up at No 8, with Nizaam Carr starting
as a replacement for the first time this season.
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck
said that following a well-deserved bye week his team is determined to continue
their winning momentum.
“The bye was definitely
welcome after five hard games to start the season, and the challenge now is to
build on what we have achieved thus far,” Fleck told the Stormers’ official
“It is great to be back at
Newlands, and hopefully we will be able to make the most of the home support.”
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van
Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc
du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo
Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra
Ntubeni, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 Bongi
Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt
Elstadt, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Damian de Allende