Stormers head to Singapore without star locks

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:57
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man squad for the trip to Singapore where they will face the Sunwolves this weekend.

Captain Siyamthanda Kolisi is back to lead a squad which has a good blend of youth and experience, after he was rested for the Southern Kings clash in Round Three.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and prop Frans Malherbe were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan, whilst the likes of Huw Jones, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Jano Vermaak, Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Stephan de Wit, Leolin Zas and Siyabonga Ntubeni are all currently sidelined with injuries.

Fleck's charges have won all three of their matches thus far this season, having beaten the Bulls and Jaguares at Newlands before travelling to Port Elizabeth where they overcame the Southern Kings.

Having come off a bye in Round Four, the Stormers will be aiming to make it four wins from four games when they face the Sunwolves at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday

Fleck said that it will be vital for his team to capitalise on the momentum they have built early in the campaign in what will be a testing outing against the Sunwolves.

"We have made an encouraging start to the campaign, but we cannot afford to drop intensity coming off our bye week.

"We know how tough the Sunwolves can be on home turf, so it will be crucial that we maintain our focus for 80 minutes if we are to get the desired result," he said.

Stormers touring squad: Bjorn Basson, Kurt Coleman, Jan de Klerk, Daniel du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Dewaldt Duvenage, Rynhardt Elstadt, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Oliver Kebble, Siyamthanda Kolisi, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Godlen Masimla, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Ramone Samuels, John Shickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Frans van Wyk, Chris van Zyl, EW Viljoen, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse.

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