Wiese in line for Stormers debut

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:48

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Junior Springbok Cobus Wiese will make his Super Rugby debut if he comes off the replacements bench for the Stormers against the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday.

The 19-year-old utility forward will become the fourth player to make his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers this season, if he takes the field at the National Stadium in Singapore.

The other were Jaco Coetzee, Justin Phillips and Damian Willemse - who all got their opportunity in the Round Three victory against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

There are a number of changes from the starting line-up that did duty against the Southern Kings, with several players unavailable due to the Springbok management plan.

Dillyn Leyds will start at fullback in a new back three, which will see World Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla make his first start of the season on the left wing.

Dan Kriel is back from injury to partner EW Viljoen in midfield, but the halfback combination of Robert du Preez and Dewaldt Duvenage remains unchanged.

In the loose trio captain Siya Kolisi is back after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Sikhumbuzo Notshe starting at the back of the scrum.

There is an all-new lock pairing as John Schickerling makes his first appearance of the season alongside Chris van Zyl, whilst in the front row props Jacobus Janse van Rensburg and Wilco Louw are back in the starting line-up on either side of hooker Bongi Mbonambi.

On the replacements bench prop Caylib Oosthuizen is in line to make his Stormers debut, with lock Jan de Klerk and scrumhalf Godlen Masimla both getting their first opportunity of the season.

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan du Plessis.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Venue: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 19.55 (12.55 SA time; 10.55 GMT)
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Aki Aso (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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