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Stormers make four changes for Jaguares

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The Stormers have named a team four changes for their historic Super Rugby match against the Jaguares in in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Three of head coach Robbie Fleck’s changes straight player changes and the fourth is a positional switch to the forward pack that started against the Brumbies.

In the front row hooker Scarra Ntubeni makes his first start of the season, with Bongi Mbonambi moving to the replacements bench.

Lock JD Schickerling will make his Stormers starting debut in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit who is being rested and did not travel to Argentina, with Jan de Klerk in line to earn his second Stormers cap from the bench.

Flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes back into the starting line-up, with the experienced Schalk Burger set to make an impact from the replacements bench and Nizaam Carr shifting back to No.8

In the backline Leolin Zas gets another opportunity to start after Dillyn Leyds suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday which ruled him out of the trip to Argentina, which means that Huw Jones comes back into the match-day squad.

Fleck said that the team has embraced the challenge of being the first Stormers team to play in Argentina.

“It is very exciting for us to be here, and we are determined to improve on our performance against the Brumbies last week against a Jaguares outfit who will be very tough to beat at home.

“We are a team that enjoys touring together, and we are excited to be the first Stormers side to play a Super Rugby match in South America, so we just want to embrace the occasion,” he said.

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Huw Jones.

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