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The Cape Town based Stormers have named their team to play the Crusaders in Christchurch with Eben Etzebeth captaining the team.

Stormers regular captain Siya Kolisi is unavailable for selection due to the Springbok player management policy so Etzebeth leads the side for the second time this season.

Pieter-Steph du Toit moves from lock to blindside flank to take Kolisi’s place on the side of the scrum, with Chris van Zyl coming in to partner Etzebeth in the second row and Cobus Wiese back from injury to provide loose forward cover on the replacements bench.

The only other change in the forward pack is a rotational switch at tighthead prop with Wilco Louw back in the starting line-up and Frans Malherbe on the replacements bench.

In the backline Dillyn Leyds moves from wing to fullback in place of the injured SP Marais with Bjorn Basson lining up on the left wing. Dewaldt Duvenage is back at scrumhalf after being rested last week with Jano Vermaak moving to the replacements bench.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that following a productive week on tour, his team is ready to embrace the challenge that the Crusaders will pose.

“We have put some good plans in place and have trained well this week, so the players are all looking forward to getting out there and showing what they are capable of.

“We know that we face an unbeaten team on Saturday, so this will be a great opportunity to test ourselves and see where we are as a group,” he said.

Stormers

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

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