Cape Town based Super Rugby team the Stormers have named a 27-man touring squad for their upcoming three-match tour of Australasia.
Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck was unable to include hooker Bongi Mbonambi in the squad due to a burst appendix.
As replacement for Mbonambi Fleck has named hooker Dean Muir, who made his Stormers debut off the replacements bench against the Jaguares, is included in the touring squad along with the likes of loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe and prop Caylib Oosthuizen, who did not feature in the opening game at Newlands.
Fleck was given some good news on the injury front with lock Pieter-Steph du Toit cleared to tour after recovering from a back injury.
After getting their 2018 Super Rugby campaign off to a winning start with a 28-20 victory against the Jaguares at Newlands on Saturday, the Stormers fly to Sydney where they will face the Waratahs in the second round.
From Sydney the squad will then travel to New Zealand for encounters with the Highlanders and Crusaders, before heading back to Cape Town.
Fleck said that the squad is looking forward to the tour as they look to build on what they achieved in their opening game at Newlands.
“We enjoy touring as a group and feel that there were plenty of positives in our performance against the Jaguares that we can build on in the coming weeks.
“The players have embraced the challenges that lie ahead of us and will be going all-out to raise our game further away from home,” he said.
Stormers Super Rugby touring squad:
Nizaam Carr, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, JC Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi (captain), Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, SP Marais, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse.