2018 Super Rugby Squads: The Stormers

The Stormers start their build-up to the 2018 Super Rugby Season with a squad that is riddled with injuries. Eben Etzebeth is out for at least four months with a shoulder injury. Jean-Luc du Plessis has a groin problem, his cousin Dan du Plessis has a shoulder problem. Strongman Frans Malherbe is still recovering from the neck injury that kept him out of the 2017 Springbok end of year tour. Jano Vermaak has a knee issue, as has Jan de Klerk.

Add in the following: Scarra Ntubeni (hamstring), EW Viljoen (foot), Michael Kumbirai (back), Grant Hermanus (groin), Johan du Toit (knee) and Justin Phillips (rib), and the Stormers look more like a team at the end of a long season, rather than one that is gearing up for a new season!

In addition to the injury list, the Stormers have lost a number of senior players such as Juan de Jongh who has moved to Wasps, Rynhardt Elstadt has joined Toulouse, Huw Jones has gone home to Scotland, joining Oliver Kebble at the Warriors. Cheslin Kolbe is also at Toulouse. Add in the loss of Rob du Preez to the Sharks, and the Stormers are facing a difficult start to the year.

They do have young Damian Willemse at flyhalf, but they needed cover, as Kurt Coleman has gone to the Kings and Brandon Thompson has also gone north to the Galsgow Warriors, leaving them very thin at flyhalf, they have signed Griqua journeyman George Whitehead as a backstop. They have added some pace out wide with Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule joining from the Cheetahs.

They have also signed two of the young Bulls of 2017, Joshua Stander and Neetling Fouche.

2018 Stormers Squad

Provisional Squad: JC Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Alistair Vermaak, Bongi Mbonambi, Dean Muir, Ramone Samuels, Chad Solomon, Jan de Klerk, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, John  Schickerling, Chris van Zyl, Eduard Zandberg, Juarno Augustus, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Stephan de Wit, Siya Kolisi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Kobus van Dyk, Cobus Wiese, Dewaldt Duvenage, Justin Phillips, Jano Vermaak, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Damian Willemse, Damian de Allende, Daniël du Plessis, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Khanyo Ngcukana, Seabelo Senatla, Sarel Marais, EW Viljoen, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Johannes Engelbrecht, Joshua Stander, Neetling Fouche, George Whitehead.

In

Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs)
Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs)
JJ Engelbrecht (Shuttles)
Joshua Stander (Bulls)
Neething Fouche (Bulls)

Out

Bjorn Basson (Oyonnax)
Kurt Coleman (Kings)
Juan de Jongh (Wasps)
Rob du Preez (Sharks)
Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)
Huw Jones (Glasgow)
Oli Kebble (Glasgow)
Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)
Godlen Masimla (Kings)
Brandon Thompson (Glasgow)
Frans van Wyk (Bulls)