Salmaan Moerat Springbok captain

The Springboks will have a new captain for the one-off Test against Portugal in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 20 July. Image: SA Rugby website

Springboks dominate Stormers team: One takes over captaincy, one returns

The Stormers have selected a Springbok-laden team for their match against Edinburgh, with one Test star appointed as the new captain.

Salmaan Moerat Springbok captain

The Springboks will have a new captain for the one-off Test against Portugal in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 20 July. Image: SA Rugby website

The return of Frans Malherbe has brought the count to eight Springboks in the Stormers team for Saturday’s URC showdown against Edinburgh.

As the URC heads to the business end of the season, the Stormers are sitting just outside of the top eight qualifier spots, and they need to accumulate as many wins as possible over the next few weeks to advance to the play-offs.

SPRINGBOKS POWER STORMERS TITLE RACE

Starting with their clash against Edinburgh in Cape Town on Saturday, coach John Dobson has brought in his heavy artillery in the form of eight Springboks in the match-day squad.

The biggest and most important news — in both a franchise and national context — from those selections, is the return of Frans Malherbe after a five-month injury lay-off.

After a fine performance for the Springboks in the 2023 World Cup final, Malherbe suffered a back injury, but that is now a thing of the past, and he slots straight back into the Stormers’ starting XV.

In a big change to the team leadership, Salmaan Moerat has overcome all his injury struggles to take over the captaincy.

Fullback Damian Willemse, flyhalf Manie Libbok and No 8 Evan Roos are the only Springboks in the run-on team, while front rowers Joseph Dweba and Lizo Gqoboka and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies will power the Stormers bench.

Another Springbok, Deon Fourie, will miss the game through a minor injury.

STORMERS TO PULL OUT ALL STOPS AT FORTRESS

John Dobson said that his team is keen to impress at the start of a crucial sequence of home games.

“We have some serious players coming back into the mix, and after over two months, it will be fantastic to be back at DHL Stadium.

“There has been some good work put in over the last few weeks on the training ground and we are excited about seeing the results of that.

“We have some big games at home in this period, so it will be important for us to hit the ground running and build some momentum against what is an impressive Edinburgh side,” he said.

Stormers — 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Brok Harris.
Subs16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Connor Evans, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jurie Matthee, 23 Ben Loader.

Springboks star Frans Malherbe Stormers Photo Shaun Roy BackpagePix-1024x635
Springbok and Stormers prop Frans Malherbe. Photo: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix