Former Cheetahs flyhalf Willem de Waal was watching training from the Vodacom Stormers team room on Wednesday morning, nursing a hand injury that will keep him out of contact before the Vodacom Super 14 opener at Newlands on 14 February.
Erasmus has indicated that the majority of last year’s squad will feature in the team’s first pre-season warm up game against English Premiership team Saracens at Newlands on Sunday 25 January.
He won’t however consider fullback Conrad Jantjes for the Saracens fixture. Even if he is ready to play following a groin injury, Erasmus said he would give the Springbok maximum time for rest and recovery ahead of a gruelling Super 14 schedule.
With both Peter Grant (flyhalf) and Percy Montgomery (fullback) participating training, the Stormers have adequate quality to handle the injuries that come with the game.
Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger both missed training today as a precaution to injuries the coach termed as “nothing serious”. Jean, who has a groin niggle, spent the morning working his upper body in the gym, whilst his team ran drills and plays on the training field outside. Schalk is carrying an ankle injury.
“Brian Mujati – we didn’t think he’d be ready for the Saracens game, but it looks like he is good to go,” confirmed Erasmus.