Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has announced that lock Chris van Zyl will lead the side in Saturday’s clash with the Sunwolves in Hong Kong.
Regular captain Siya Kolisi’s workload is being managed, which will see him play off the replacements bench for the first-ever Super Rugby match to be played in Hong Kong.
As a result Cobus Wiese comes into the starting line-up on the flank, along with number eight Nizaam Carr and loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg, who replaces the injured Steven Kitshoff.
This will see prop Carlu Sadie come onto the replacements bench alongside lock Jan de Klerk and loose forwards Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Kolisi as forward cover.
There are two changes to the back-line, with Jean-Luc du Plessis making his first start of the campaign at fly-half and Seabelo Senatla coming in on the wing, with EW Viljoen amongst the replacements.
Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 EW Viljoen
Date: Saturday, May 19
Venue: Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Kick-off: 13:15 local (05:15 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
Television match official: Minoru Fuji (Japan)