New Stormers recruits set for George warm-up
Cape Town - New Stormers recruits Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule were both named as part of the squad to face SWD Eagles in a pre-season match in George on Saturday.
Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has named a 32-man squad for the encounter, which will be played in four chukkas and kicks off at 15:00 at Outeniqua Park.
In addition to the playing squad, there will be a further 13 Stormers players who will travel to George in order to take part in a Fun Run on the morning of the match.
This includes captain Siya Kolisi, along with Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Dillyn Leyds. The 5km fun run starts at Outeniqua Park at 08:00.
Petersen and Rhule will be joined by fellow Springbok Damian de Allende in the squad for the warm-up clash, along with exciting young talents such as Salmaan Moerat and Juarno Augustus.
Also included in the playing squad are five members of the Western Province Under-21 team that won the national championship last year in Eddie Zandberg, Ruben de Villiers, Paul de Wet, Herschel Jantjies and Wikus Groenewald, along with Under-19 talents Christian Ambadiang, Sihle Njezula, Rikus Pretorius and David Kriel who will all be at the Western Province Rugby Institute this year.
Fleck said that the first pre-season game will give him a chance to give a wide range of players some game-time against a competitive SWD outfit.
"We always look forward to our pre-season trips to George and we are expecting the usual spirited opposition from the Eagles, which is just what we need after a hard pre-season.
"While we will be getting in some valuable preparation on the pitch, it is also exciting to be able to connect with the community in George through the Fun Run some of our players will take part in on Saturday morning," he said.
Christian Ambadiang, Juarno Augustus, Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Ruben de Villiers, Paul de Wet, Stefan de Wit, Wikus Groenewald, JC Janse van Rensburg, Herschel Jantjies, Eduan Keyter, Dan Kriel, David Kriel, SP Marais, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sihle Njezula, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sergeal Petersen, Rikus Pretorius, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, Chad Solomon, Joshua Stander, Luke Stringer, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Ali Vermaak, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Eddie Zandberg