Stormers to wrap Boks in cotton wool for Bulls friendly
Cape Town - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is likely to rest his star Springboks for Sunday's pre-season game against the Bulls at Cape Town Stadium.
"We'll utilise some of the Springboks who were on the year-end tour, but the guys who played a lot of rugby there need two more weeks of conditioning," Fleck told Netwerk24 after a young Stormers outfit played halves against False Bay RFC and a Combined Club XV in Constantia over the weekend.
This probably means that the likes of Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Frans Malherbe, Steven Kitshoff and Damian de Allende will not be in action this weekend.
Meanwhile, Bulls coach Pote Human indicated that he'll be looking to play his Springboks in Sunday's encounter.
Human told SuperSport.com that the new acquisitions of Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Brits, as well as the Bulls' other Springboks Handre Pollard, Jesse Kriel, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Embrose Papier and Warrick Gelant will all get game time in the festival match.
Vermeulen arrived in Pretoria last week and hasn't been part of the Bulls' pre-season training.
Duane: Why I picked Bulls above Stormers
Cape Town - Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen has explained why he opted to sign for the Bulls instead of the Stormers in this year's Super Rugby competition.
Both franchises were last year interested in Vermeulen’s services and many thought he would choose to join his former team in Cape Town.
But the burly No 8 told Netwerk24 on Monday: "The Bulls were the first team to reach out to me last year. I felt it was the right thing to do, especially after Thelo Wakefield (then-WP president) told me that the Stormers would rather invest in their young players.
"I accepted it and moved on. The Bulls indicated that I could have a role to play here and when you get such a chance, you have to take it."
Vermeulen, 32, played for the Stormers between 2009 and 2015 before leaving to play for Toulon in France.
Vodacom Bulls: Warrick Gelant, Jade Stighling, Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal, Duncan Matthews, Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl, Duane Vermeulen, Jannes Kirsten, Paul Schoeman, Lood de Jager (c), Eli Snyman, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Brits, Lizo Gqoboka.
Reserves: Corniel Els, Simphiwe Matanzina, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Ruan Nortje, Ruan Steenkamp, Thembelani Bholi, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok, Dylan Sage, Johnny Kotze, Divan Rossouw.
Just weeks after Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie was forced to retire, another Springbok star has to hang up his boots following doctors commands.
Former Springbok and Western Force flyhalf Peter Grant has announced his retirement from Rugby.
The 34-year-old made the decision to retire after receiving specialist advice from doctors in regard to past head injuries. The decision has been an emotional one, but Grant is excited to experience rugby as a spectator and spend more time with his family.
Lions field 9 Boks for #SuperheroSunday
Former Springbok captain Warren Whiteley will lead out a strong looking Emirates Lions squad for their #SuperheroSunday clash with the Cell C Sharks this coming weekend at the Cape Town Stadium.
After the Lions played a very young squad against the Vodacom Bulls in their opening pre-season clash, they have decided to let a lot of their seasoned campaigners loose for the clash, with nine Springboks in the starting line-up.
New arrival Carlu Sadie, who has been on loan from the Stormers will get his first start at tighthead alongside Bok Malcolm Marx and Dylan Smith while Marvin Orie is partnered with the young Ruan Vermaak at lock.
The loose trio is led by Whiteley and has the hard-working Kwagga Smith at six, with the impressive Hacjivah Dayimani at seven, signalling the Lions quest to play some open “festival rugby” this weekend.
Elton Jantjies and Nic Groom will be the halfback combination with the back three all Springboks in Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan and Aphiwe Dyantyi, while Harold Vorster and Lionel Mapoe will form the backbone in the midfield.
On the bench the name of Springbok Ruan Combrinck stands out while former Western Province and Bulls tighthead Frans van Wyk will also get a run.
Emirates Lions: Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom, Warren Whiteley (captain), Hacjivah Dayimani, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Ruan Vermaak, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith.
Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Danie Mienie, Frans van Wyk, Jacobie Adriaanse, Marnus Schoeman, Dillon Smith, Shaun Reynolds, Sylvian Mahuza, Ruan Combrinck, Vincent Tshituka, Rhyno Herbst.