South Africa

27 man for Australia tour

The DHL Stormers have announced a 27-man touring squad for their upcoming trip to Australia. They will take on the Highlanders, the Hurricanes, the Waratahs and the Force on their 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby away trip.

Captain Duane Vermeulen will lead a squad with no selection surprises and a playing group which includes hooker Bongi Mbonambi, prop Oli Kebble, lock Eben Etzebeth, flank Mike Rhodes and wing Johnny Kotze – all of whom did not play against the Chiefs at the weekend.

Hard-working flanker Rynhardt Elstadt will not travel with the team because of injury.

The DHL Stormers currently head up the SA Conference with 16 points from five matches, whilst they are in third position on the overall log – having lost just once in five fixtures (two at home, three away).

“Our loss to the Chiefs was obviously a disappointing one for us, but it’s up to us to bounce back on tour,” says head coach Allister Coetzee.

“I always say it, but there is not an easy match in Vodacom Super Rugby and it certainly doesn’t get any easier away from home against quality outfits like the Highlanders, Hurricanes, the defending champion Waratahs and the Force.

“That said, we’re a team that enjoys touring. We’re a close squad and even though we have a lot of first-time (Super Rugby) tourists in the group, our strong leadership team will give those new players the necessary guidance and support throughout.”

The DHL Stormers will depart for New Zealand  on Saturday afternoon.


Ruan Botha – Lock

Schalk Burger – Loose forward

Manuel Carizza – Lock

Nizaam Carr – Loose forward

Demetri Catrakilis – Flyhalf

Kurt Coleman – Flyhalf

Damian de Allende – Centre

Juan de Jongh – Centre (vice-captain)

Eben Etzebeth – Lock

Nic Groom – Scrumhalf

Huw Jones – Centre/wing

Oli Kebble – Loosehead prop

Steven Kitshoff – Loosehead prop

Jean Kleyn – Lock

Vincent Koch – Tighthead prop

Cheslin Kolbe – Fullback/wing

Siya Kolisi – Loose forward

Johnny Kotze – Wing/centre

Dillyn Leyds – Wing/fullback/flyhalf

Frans Malherbe – Tighthead prop

Bongi Mbonambi – Hooker

Scarra Ntubeni – Hooker

Michael Rhodes – Flank/lock

Louis Schreuder – Scrumhalf

Kobus van Wyk – Wing/centre

Alistair Vermaak – Loosehead prop

Duane Vermeulen – No.8 (captain)