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Stormers' wunderkind returns for Euro tour

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: A 27-man Stormers squad will leave Cape Town on Tuesday for a crucial two-match United Rugby Championship tour.

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The Stormers are currently in fifth position on the overall standings and will take on Dragons at Rodney Parade in Newport on Friday, before facing Connacht at the Sportsground in Galway on the following Saturday.

Backs Angelo Davids and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu and forwards Sti Sithole and Kwenzo Blose all make their return from injury to take their places in the touring group.

Wings Leolin Zas, Ben Loader and Courtnall Skosan, centre Ruhan Nel, scrumhalf Paul de Wet, loose forwards Keke Morabe, Deon Fourie and Nama Xaba, utility forward Hendre Stassen, and props Lizo Gqoboka and Ali Vermaak were not considered for selection due to injury.

Stormers Director of Rugby John Dobson said that with just three rounds left ahead of the play-offs, there is everything to play for on this tour.

“The congested nature of the log shows just how competitive the United Rugby Championship has been this season. We will need to be at our best if we are going to get the results we need.

“It is great to have the likes of Sacha, Angelo, Sti and Kwenzo back in the group and we are all looking forward to the challenges that await us in Newport and Galway,” he said.

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Stormers touring squad:

Backs: Angelo Davids, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Warrick Gelant, Suleiman Hartzenberg, Herschel Jantjies, Manie Libbok, Wandisile Simelane, Stefan Ungerer, Damian Willemse.

Forwards: Kwenzo Blose, Hacjivah Dayimani, Ben-Jason Dixon, Joseph Dweba, Willie Engelbrecht, Neethling Fouche, Brok Harris, JJ Kotze, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat (captain), Evan Roos, Sti Sithole, Adre Smith, Marcel Theunissen, Ruben van Heerden, Andre-Hugo Venter.

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