Brok Harris will captain a 28-man DHL Stormers XV squad against the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park on Friday, as the Capetonians ramp up preparations for next season.
The clash against the Southern Cape outfit will be the first opportunity for game time ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.
The extended match-day squad includes all six of the Stormers’ new signings – Courtnall Skosan, Ben Loader, Lizo Gqoboka, Sti Sithole, Hendre Stassen and Warrick Gelant – plus a few talented youngsters such as flyhalf Jurie Matthee, centre Mnombo Zwelendaba and flank Jarrod Taylor.
There is a helathy blend of youth and experience across the starting lineup and extended bench, with Harris’ fellow Stormers centurion Juan de Jongh one of five Springboks in the match-day contingent.
Head coach John Dobson said that after what has been a lengthy pre-season, every player is itching to get on the field.
“There has been some hard work put in over the last few months, which has been building up to this. We have got an exciting mix of players who are all looking forward to putting what we have worked on into practice,” he said.
“The crowd in George is always electric and we are expecting the usual spirited effort from the home side, which should make for a great occasion.”
Stormers XV – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Mnombo Zwelendaba, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Jurie Matthee, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Marcel Theunissen, 7 Jarrod Taylor, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Gary Porter, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Subs: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 20 Hendre Stassen, 21 Dylan Sjoblom, 22 Keenan Opperman, 23 Tom Bursey, 24 Godlen Masimla, 25 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 26 Juan de Jongh, 27 Chris Hollis, 28 Warrick Gelant.