Salmaan Moerat will wear the Stormers captain’s armband for the first time in their Preparation Series clash with the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.
Moerat is one of several players to come into the starting lineup for the North-South encounter at Loftus Versfeld, which kicks off at 7pm.
Damian Willemse, fresh from signing a new three-year deal with the Stormers, is also back and starts at fullback, with Kade Wolhuter continuing at flyhalf after firing in the first two pre-season matches.
Stormers –15 Damian Willemse, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Leon Lyons.
Subs (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Johan du Toit, 21 Evan Roos, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Tim Swiel, 24 Chris Schreuder, 25 Cornel Smit.
Here is your DHL Stormers team that will face the Vodacom Bulls in a preparation match which kicks off at 19h00 on Friday night at Loftus Versfeld. #iamastormer #dhldelivers pic.twitter.com/BevuJRwKRU
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