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Cheetahs blend youth with experience


  • 17 Feb 2017
Francois Venter splits the Highlanders defence Francois Venter splits the Highlanders defence

The Cheetahs have announced their finalised 37-man squad for the 2017 Super Rugby competition.

Coach Franco Smith has included four players (Justin Basson, Dennis Visser, Zee Mkhabela and Clinton Swart) with no Super Rugby experience in the squad, while there are also four Springboks (Hilton Lobberts, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem and Francois Venter) in the group.

Loose forward Boom Prinsloo, who missed the majority of last season through injury, has also been selected.

Cheetahs – Danie Mienie, Joseph Dweba, Ox Nche, Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Jacques du Toit, Elandre Huggett, Tom Botha, Johan Coetzee, Justin Basson, Carl Wegner, Hilton Lobberts, Armandt Koster. Francois Uys, Dennis Visser, Reniel Hugo, Paul Schoeman, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Boom Prinsloo, Niell Jordaan, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Niel Marais, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Zee Mkhabela, Francois Venter, Ryno Benjamin, Nico Lee, William Small-Smith, Clinton Swart, Michael van der Spuy, Clayton Blommetjies, Ryno Eksteen.

ALSO READ: Cheetahs Super Rugby preview

Photo: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images

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