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De Villiers one of five Stormers changes for Lions

Jean de Villiers returns to captain the Stormers

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Article Published: Wednesday 16 April 2014|

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The Stormers have named their team to play Lions at Newlands with five changes to the team that lost to the Waratahs including the return of captain Jean de Villiers

De Villiers resumes the team captaincy from Duane Vermeulen and will line up at inside centre, with Damian de Allende shifting back to the right-wing - in place of the injured Kobus van Wyk - for the Stormers' second all-South African encounter of the season.

In other changes amongst the backs this week, Nic Groom and Demetri Catrakilis return to form a new-look halfback combination for the Stormers, with Peter Grant shifting to fullback and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and fullback Jaco Taute dropping down to the bench.

The Stormers pack remains unchanged from their previous clash - against the Waratahs in Cape Town two weeks ago - but there are a number of additions amongst the replacements.

Joining Schreuder and Taute on the bench this week are fit-again prop Pat Cilliers and lock Jurie van Vuuren - replacing the injured pair of Oli Kebble and Tazz Fuzani, respectively - whilst winger Devon Williams, the top try-scorer in the 2014 Vodacom Cup, comes into a Super Rugby matchday squad for the first time in his fledgling career.

"It's obviously great to welcome back Jean de Villiers this week, but so too Pat Cilliers and Jurie van Vuuren from injury," commented Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

"Jurie is part of a youthful bench, four of whom were still playing Under-21 rugby last season and two who are still eligible for the WP U21 team this year.

"We have never been afraid to give young players a chance at the Stormers and it's always an exciting time when someone is on the verge of making his debut as is the case with Devon."

Earlier this season the Stormers lost 34-10 to the Lions in February and Coetzee said that he was looking forward to the opportunity to playing them again.

"We know that the Lions are a quality side, as they showed against us in Johannesburg earlier this season," said Coetzee on the Stormers.

"We were poor at managing the Lions' contestable kicking game at Ellis Park and our line-out also didn't function well enough. It's a different venue, here at sea level, but we really have to ensure that our set-piece fires."

Stormers

15. Peter Grant , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Michael Rhodes , 4. Ruan Botha , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Pat Cilliers , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jurie van Vuuren , 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Devon Williams (Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 23. Jaco Taute

 
 
 
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