CONFIRMED: Stormers bring in big names for Edinburgh clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok hooker Joseph Dweba will make his Stormers debut in the United Rugby Championship match against Edinburgh at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Dweba’s inclusion is one of six changes to the team for the encounter with the Scottish outfit.
His fellow Springboks Damian Willemse, Deon Fourie, Salmaan Moerat all come straight into the starting line-up, with Herschel Jantjies among the replacements and Marvin Orie taking the captaincy.
There are two positional switches in the backline, with Dan du Plessis at outside centre and Suleiman Hartzenberg shifting to the wing in place of the injured Seabelo Senatla, while up front Neethling Fouche comes in at tighthead prop.
Stormers head coach John Dobson said that the team is looking forward to their first match at Cape Town Stadium since the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final last season.
“It is great to have a few of our top players back from national duty and they have all slotted in seamlessly this week.
“We are all looking forward to getting out there at Cape Town Stadium in an early game which should be a great occasion for everyone,” he said.
Stormers: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie (captain), 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Junior Pokomela, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Sacha Mngomezulu.
Date: Saturday, October 1
Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 14.00 (13.00 UK & Ireland time; 12.00 GMT)
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa) & Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Adam Jones (Wales)