Stormers include exciting debutant against Dragons

Stormers head coach John Dobson has named a debutant among the six changes to their starting lineup facing the Dragons in Newport on Friday.

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Loose forward Junior Pokomela will make his Stormers debut in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter.

The Stormers end their tour against the Welsh team at Rodney Parade, in a clash kicking off at 8:35pm SAST (7:35pm BST) on Friday.

The inclusion of Pokomela on the flank is the only change to the forward pack that started the 20-20 draw with Edinburgh last week.

There are five changes to the backline, though, as the Stormers aim to end their European tour on a high.

The fit-again halfback pairing of Stefan Ungerer and Manie Libbok take their places in the starting lineup, along with centres Dan du Plessis and Ruhan Nel and wing Leolin Zas, who all started the week before against Munster.

Stormers head coach John Dobson said that his team will be leaving it all out there at Rodney Parade.

“We have been competitive in every game on this tour and we want to end it with our best performance yet.

“We know it will take 80 minutes of accurate execution against a tough Dragons side, but the team is excited to give it a full crack.

“We have some talented players coming in this week and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do out there,” he said.

Stormers – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Salmaan Moerat (c), 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Juan de Jongh.

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