Kobus Van Der Merwe, head coach of the Vodacom Stormers, on Wednesday announced his team to play the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday 18 February. Kick-off is at 19h10.
Schalk Brits will make his first start for the Cape franchise since moving back here from Johannesburg. He will start at hooker in place of Hanyani Shimange, who is still bothered by a leg injury.
Shimange has been bracketed on the bench with Australian import, Huia Edmonds.
There was good news about Jean de Villiers. The Springbok centre had to leave the training field on Tuesday with a groin injury, but was deemed fit enough to be included by Van der Merwe.
There are still a few doubts over the fitness of prop Neil Fullard and flank David Hendricks. Attie Winter and Justin Melck are on standby.
The Vodacom WP team play the Lions in a Vodacom Cup curtain raiser match at 17h00.
The Vodacom Stormers team is as follows:
15. Werner Greeff
14. Jonghi Nokwe
13. De Wet Barry (C)
12. Jean De Villiers
11. Rayno Benjamin
10. Peter Grant
9. Bolla Conradie
8. Adri Badenhorst
7 Schalk Burger
6. Luke Watson
5. Andries Bekker
4. Ross Skeate
3. Eddie Andrews
2. Schalk Brits
1. JD Moller
16. Huia Edmonds / Hanyani Shimange
17. Attie Winter / Neil Fullard
18. Henk Eksteen
19. David Hendricks / Justin Melck
20. Neil De Kock
21. Naas Olivier
22. Joe Petersen