SOUTH AFRICA - Springbok flank Schalk Burger will captain the Stormers in Saturday's Super Rugby derby against the Bulls at Newlands, whilst SA Sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla has been named on the bench.
Burger missed his team's 21-19 win over the Sharks at the end of May with a neck injury but he took a full part in the Springboks' June Test Series against the World XV, Wales and Scotland and makes a welcome return for the Stormers this week.
The return of Burger in the number 7 jersey is one of six changes to the starting line-up that did duty against the Sharks three of them being positional. The positional switches see Juan de Jongh (outside centre to inside centre) and Sailosi Tagicakibau (left wing to outside centre) team up in the midfield, with Cheslin Kolbe moving from the right wing to left wing.
There are also three new faces on the bench in the form of the fit-again pairing of hooker Tiaan Liebenber and scrum-half Louis Schreuder, whilst SA Sevens and former SA U20 ace Senatla comes in for his first taste of Super Rugby.
Senatla will be available for the Stormers for the next two weeks, having signed a twin deal with WP Rugby and SA Rugby, before he joins up with the South African team for the Commonwealth Games later this month.
Stormers:15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (c), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Seabelo Senatla