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De Villiers returns to lead Stormers against Boland


Jean de Villiers will return for the Stormers against Boland

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Article Published: Wednesday 6 February 2013


Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been confirmed to lead the Stormers in their second pre-Super Rugby season friendly against the Boland Cavaliers, at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made several changes to the team that lost to the cheetahs with with De Villiers, Deon Fourie and Andries Bekker all coming into the line-up.

In the absence of Juan de Jongh (hamstring), De Villiers will slot in alongside rookie Damian de Allende, whilst Bekker will form an imposing all-Springbok second row alongside Eben Etzebeth and Fourie will be propped up by Pat Cilliers and Steven Kitshoff in the front row.

Duane Vermeulen, who captained the team in Bloemfontein last weekend and will be the vice-captain this week, will continue at No.8 but he will have new flanks in the shape of Rynhardt Elstadt and Siya Kolisi, with Don Armand and Nizaam Carr starting on an enlarged bench.

There will be 11 players on the bench this week, with Brok Harris, Nic Groom and Joe Pietersen all in line to make their first appearances of 2013 after not travelling to Bloemfontein.

Both Groom and Louis Schreuder - the scrumhalves in the 2012 Currie Cup Final - will start from the bench, with Dewaldt Duvenage, who continues to make his way back to full fitness after suffering a leg injury last year, starting at No.9.

The Stormers

15. Jaco Taute 14. Gio Aplon 13. Jean de Villiers (captain) 12. Damian de Allende 11. Bryan Habana 10. Kurt Coleman 9. Dewaldt Duvenage 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) 7. Rynhardt Elstadt 6. Siya Kolisi 5. Andries Bekker 4. Eben Etzebeth 3. Pat Cilliers 2. Deon Fourie 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements (from): 16. Martin Bezuidenhout 17. Frans Malherbe 18. Brok Harris 19. De Kock Steenkamp 20. Don Armand 21. Nizaam Carr 22. Nic Groom 23. Louis Schreuder 24. Pat Howard 25. Gerhard van den Heever 26. Joe Pietersen

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