Cheetahs name 51-man squad

Date published: November 4 2015

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Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has confirmed a 51-man pre-season squad that will begin preparations ahead of the upcoming Super Rugby season.

The Bloemfontein-based franchise, who finished twelfth in 2015's competition, are without the departed Coenie Oosthuizen, Heinrich Brüssow, Sarel Pretorius, Joe Pietersen, Johann Sadie, Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux this year and therefore name a new-look squad for 2016.

Smith's side will begin training on Monday, November 9 and kick-off the new campaign against Argentina's Super Rugby side on Friday, February 26.

Cheetahs pre-season squad: Justin Basson, Rayno Benjamin, Clayton Blommetjies, Tienie Burger, Willie Britz, Johan Coetzee, Luan de Bruin, Lood de Jager, Maphutha Dolo, Jacques du Toit, Joseph Dweba, Sias Ebersohn, Joubert Engelbrecht, Reinhardt Erwee, Elandre Huggett, Reniel Hugo, Niell Jordaan, Armandt Koster, Tertius Kruger, Nico Lee, Hilton Lobberts, Niel Marias, Steven Meiring, Tian Meyer, Danie Mienie, Zee Mkhabela, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Teunis Nieuwoudt, Gerhard Olivier, Sergeal Petersen, Boom Prinsloo, Niel Rautenbach, Raymond Rhule, Willem Serfontein, Paul Schoeman, William Small-Smith, JP Smith, BG Uys, Francois Uys, Michael van der Spuy, Maks van Dyk, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ruan van Rensburg, Coenie van Wyk, Francois Venter, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Dennis Visser, Carl Wegner, Fred Zeilinga.

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