De Jongh returns to lead Stormers

Date published: April 9 2015

Centre Juan de Jongh has recovered from an ankle injury and will lead the Stormers in their clash with the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

De Jongh was an 11th-hour withdrawal from the team last weekend, but he is fit to take his place in the number 13 shirt this week and assume the leadership responsibilities in the absence of Duane Vermeulen, who is back in South Africa as part of the rest agreement with SA Rugby.

Nizaam Carr returns to the number eight position in place of Vermeulen in a new-look loose trio, which sees vice-captain Schalk Burger pack down at number six and Michael Rhodes making his first start (at number seven) since picking up a knee injury against the Lions at the end of February.

Siya Kolisi drops to the bench after two successive starts on tour and will be joined amongst the replacements this week by prop Vincent Koch, lock Jean Kleyn and utility back Huw Jones.

Koch makes way for Frans Malherbe in the number three shirt – in what will be Springbok tighthead prop’s first start of 2015 – Kleyn comes in for Ruan Botha as the lock replacement and Jones reverts to the bench after an impressive starting debut in place of De Jongh last week.

The Stormers and ‘Tahs have met on seven previous occasions in Sydney, with the hosts shading the head to head battle by four wins to three. In all, these teams have played against each other 17 times, with the Stormers winning seven and losing nine and the sides drawing once.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Date: Saturday, April 11
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.40 (09:40 GMT, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), James Leckie (New Zealand)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)