Springbok centre Jean de Villiers has been included in the Vodacom Stormers team for Friday night’s Vodacom Super 14 match the Brumbies at Newlands. (Kickoff: 19:10)
The midfielder missed last weekend’s defeat to the Waratahs due to a groin injury sustained in training. He, on Tuesday, again sat out a training session due to the injury, but on Wednesday coach Kobus van der Merwe included the playmaker in the starting XV.
De Villiers takes over from Gus Theron who moves to the bench in place of Joe Pietersen. Neil Fullard comes in at prop for Attie Winter. Justin Melck comes in as new substitute loose forward for David Hendricks.
The team is:
Werner Greeff, Jonghi Nokwe, De Wet Barry (captain), Jean de Villiers, Rayno Benjamin, Peter Grant, Bolla Conradie, Adri Badenhorst, Schalk Burger, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Ross Skeate, Eddie Andrews, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.
Reserves: Hanyani Shimangie, Neil Fullard, Henk Esksteen, Justin Melck, Neil de Kock, Naas Olivier, Gus Theron.