Stormers bench returning Bok
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes to his starting XV for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Blues.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes to his starting XV for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Blues at North Harbour Stadium in Albany.
At the same time fit-again Springboks Eben Etzebeth and Elton Jantjies will both be re-introduced via the bench.
Lock Etzebeth will make his first appearance of the 2013 Super Rugby season, after recovering from a pre-season ankle injury, whilst Jantjies returns to the fray after missing two games (Sharks and Hurricanes) with a knee injury.
Frans Malherbe will start at tighthead prop in one of the three changes to the Stormers starting XV, with Rynhardt Elstadt shifting from No.6 to No.7 (in the absence of Michael Rhodes).
Siya Kolisi, a late withdrawal from the team last week, comes back at No.6 in the third change.
Prop Brok Harris and scrumhalf Nic Groom drop out of the matchday squad altogether this week.
Pat Cilliers will play off the bench.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Eben Etzebeth, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Damian de Allende.
Date: Friday, May 3
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)