Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth will make his first start of the Super Rugby season against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth will make his first start of the Super Rugby season against the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.
Etzebeth made his return to action – from an ankle injury which he sustained during pre-season action – in last week's 17-18 loss to the Blues in Albany. And this week the Springbok lock will partner fellow international Andries Bekker in the second row, as the Stormers look to pick up a second win on the road in Australasia.
In other changes to the matchday 22 which did duty against the Blues, flank/lock Don Armand joins the bench – along with winger Gerhard van den Heever, who flew over to Sydney as an injury replacement earlier this week.
Centre/wing Damian de Allende drops out of the squad altogether for this weekend's match.
“We didn't make many changes in order to retain some continuity for this week,” explained Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
“On the bench, Damian didn't do much wrong but our thinking with getting Gerhard onto the bench is that he's a specialist wing and that will give us some more options.”
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.
Date: Saturday, May 11
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.40 (09.40 GMT, 11.40 SAST)
Referee: Chris Pollock