Vodacom Stormers squad for camp announced

PUBLISHED: November 21, 2007

Vodacom Stormers head coach Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday announced a provisional squad of 40 players to go on a 10-day training camp to George as part of the team’s pre-season preparations for next year’s Vodacom Super 14.

The camp will take place from Monday 10 December – Friday 21 December.

New Stormers recruits Gcobani Bobo, Adriaan Fondse, Wylie Human, Ricky Januarie and Brian Mujati have all been included in the squad.

Vodacom WP contributed the bulk of the squad. Erasmus surprised by including two WP youngsters, under-19 centre Juan de Jongh and under-21 lock George Earl, in the squad.

WP under-21 coach Jerome Paarwater said De Jongh is definitely a prospect for the future. The Paarl youngster was also recently included in the national Sevens squad.

Paarwater said University of Stellenbosch star Earl was a lock that could be used as loose-forward too. “He was on the bench for us mostly. I used him as an impact player in the second half and he without fail made a difference.

“I am not really surprised that Rassie included him in the training squad because I don’t doubt his abilities as a player. It is good for him, although I don’t know how far he will be involved.

“Maybe he will just go the camp, but it nevertheless is good exposure for him.”

The squad is as follows:

Aplon Gio
Bekker Andries
Bobo Gcobani
Brits Schalk
Burger Schalk
De Jongh Juan
Chavhanga Tonderai
De Villiers Jean
Des Fountain Dylan
Diack Robbie
Dollie Isma-eel
Du Plessis Nico
Du Preez Ruuan
Duvenage Dewaldt
Earl George
Fondse Adriaan
Ferreira Schalk
Fourie Deon
Grant Peter
Harris Juan
Hlungwane Rito
Hoffman Conrad
Human Wylie
Jantjes Conrad
Januarie Ricky
Liebenberg Tiaan
Louw Francois
Louw Pieter
Melck Justin
Moller JD
Mujati Brian
Myburgh Pieter
Naqelevuki Sireli
Newman Morgan
Shimange Hanyani
Skeate Ross
Uys Corne
Van Der Merwe Francois
Van Niekerk Janro
Watson Luke

The following players will not be attending the camp due to injury:

– Andrews Eddie
– Conradie Bolla
– Delport Paul

Tony Brown is also not considered as he will only join the Vodacom Stormers in 2008.