Stormers training squad working hard in pre-season
Cape Town - A
wider Stormers training squad began preparations for the 2019 Super
Rugby season this week.
Stormers head coach Robbie
Fleck has assembled a 32-man training squad to begin the groundwork for next
year's campaign with a four-week training programme.
This squad does not include
the 13 players who are currently on tour with the Springboks in Europe, while
lock Chris van Zyl will join the squad once he returns from a short-term loan
with English Premiership side Saracens.
Captain Siya Kolisi, Steven
Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Wilco Louw, Eben Etzebeth, JD
Schickerling, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Damian Willemse, Damian
de Allende, Ruhan Nel and Sergeal Petersen will all take a deserved break in December
and will begin their preparations for the 2019 season in January.
The pre-season schedule will
see the players work hard on their fitness and individual skills, while also
getting to grips with the tactical and technical detail that will make up the
team's approach in 2019.
Fleck said that he is excited
by the talent that he and his management have to work with as they prepare for
another demanding season.
"There are as usual some
talented young players who are keen to make an impression, but we are working
with a smaller group than we have in the past with a view to giving the players
some individual attention in pre-season.
"Of course, we will add
the 13 players who are currently on tour with the Springboks when we get
together next year, which is always a major boost.
"The players we are
working with in the next four weeks will all have the opportunity to prove
themselves and earn a place in that final squad," he said.
Stormers pre-season training squad (32):
Juarno Augustus, Craig
Barry, Kwenzo Blose, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Johan du Toit, Dan du Plessis,
Jean-Luc du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Neethling Fouche, Herschel Jantjies, Dan
Kriel, Michael Kumbirai, Dillyn Leyds, SP Marais, Chris Massyn, Lee-Marvin
Mazibuko, Salmaan Moerat, Scarra Ntubeni, Justin Phillips, Duncan Saal, Seabelo
Senatla, Chad Solomon, Joshua Stander, Edwill van der Merwe, Kobus van Dyk,
Ernst van Rhyn, Ali Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, Cobus Wiese, Nama Xaba