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Cape Town’s Super Rugby team, the Stormers, have named a starting team with six changes to play the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

There are three changes to the backline and three in the forward pack for the clash in Auckland.

Damian Willemse comes in at fullback, with Dillyn Leyds shifting to the left wing and Dan du Plessis back at outside centre. Flyhalf Joshua Stander comes onto the replacements bench.

There are two rotational switches up front, with Jaco Coetzee at No.8 and Wilco Louw at tighthead prop. Eben Etzebeth returns to the second row in place of the injured JD Schickerling.

Cobus Wiese, the utility forward, will be among the replacements.

Following feedback from a specialist, Schickerling has returned to Cape Town to recover from a shoulder injury and is expected to be out for three weeks.

Loose forward Kobus van Dyk has joined the squad in his place. Lock Salmaan Moerat is not available this weekend due to a concussion sustained against the Hurricanes but is expected to be fit next week.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to be as clinical as possible in Auckland.

“We have got great energy among the group, and the players are all keen to get out there and show what we are capable of, so we are looking forward to it.

“It will be important for us to be composed and focused as we look to keep improving and building our game,” he said.

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais.

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