Stormers name new skipper for Ireland’s URC tour

Stormers name new skipper for Ireland’s URC tour

Lock Marvin Orie has been selected captain of the Stormers’ 27-man team for Friday’s URC match against Ulster in Belfast.

The team departed Cape Town on Sunday following a 30-16 victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne at DHL Stadium, which clinched a spot in the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16.

The focus now moves back to the United Rugby Championship, which concludes in another brief week on Friday night at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast against Ulster.

In the absence of regular captain Steven Kitshoff and fellow Springbok Damian Willemse, Orie leads the Stormers with a combination of youth and experience.

New agreement The experienced duo of hooker Scarra Ntubeni and centre Juan de Jongh return from injury absences. Ruben van Heerden also joins the Stormers squad.

John Dobson, head coach of the Stormers, stated that a lot of URC players will be hoping to make a huge impression.

We are missing a few players owing to resting regimens and injuries, but this squad is loaded with potential, and we are excited to see what they can do.

This week, our training time will be limited, but everyone is looking forward to the challenge, he remarked.

STORMERS URC SQUAD FOR IRISH TOUR: Forwards — Kwenzo Blose, Ben-Jason Dixon, Willie Engelbrecht, Connor Evans, Brok Harris, JJ Kotze, Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Scarra Ntubeni, Marvin Orie (captain), Junior Pokomela, Evan Roos, Sazi Sandi, Marcel Theunissen, Ruben van Heerden, Andre-Hugo Venter, Ali Vermaak.

Backs — Clayton Blommetjies, Juan de Jongh, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Suleiman Hartzenberg, Herschel Jantjies, Imad Khan, Ruhan Nel, Cornel Smit, Stefan Ungerer, Kade Wolhuter.

Angelo Davids, Steven Kitshoff, Alapati Leuia, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat, Gary Porter, Seabelo Senatla, Adre Smith, Ernst van Rhyn, Damian Willemse, Nama Xaba, and Leolin Zas are unavailable at this time.

Foreign coaches — South African franchises improve the URC.

Stormers team for Ireland’s URC tour


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