Stormers centres Jean de Villiers and Gcobani Bobo will have their hands full on Sunday when they square up to former Sharks star Brad Barritt and ex-Wallaby Ben Jacobs in the Saracens midfield.
Barritt, who joined Saracens after last season, qualifies to play for England through ancestry.
Stephen Nell writes for die Burger that Sunday’s match at Newlands is therefore a good chance to show off his talents against a Springbok centre pairing of De Villiers and Bobo.
“He’s a player with a lot of talent,” De Villiers said of Barritt.
“It’s never nice to lose players to other countries, but you have to look after yourself.”
Barritt said before his departure for Saracens that he would be interested in playing for England if the opportunity presented itself. He mentioned at the same time he would be prepared to return to play for South Africa if they wanted him.
The latter may be difficult as Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has his pick between the likes of Jean de Villiers and Frans Steyn at inside centre.
While Barritt is only 22, he is part of an experienced backline, which includes a New Zealand halfback pairing of Justin Marshall and Glen Jackson.
Barritt is a physical centre that distributes and tackles well, while Jacobs has a reputation as a strong runner.
The Stormers are at full strength, except for the injured pair of Schalk Burger (ankle) and Conrad Jantjes (groin).
Other injured players are utility forward AJ Venter (hamstring) and props Brock Harris and JC Kritzinger.
Harris can be out of action for up to 10 months with an ankle injury, while a knee injury will sideline Kritzinger for the next week or so.
Percy Montgomery is at fullback and Duane Vermeulen starts on the flank.
Percy Montgomery, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.
Substitutes: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Wicus Blaauw, Hilton Lobberts, George Earle, Pieter Louw, Bolla Conradie, Joe Pietersen, Dylan des Fountain, Alipate Fatafehi, Nick Koster.
Chris Wyles, Kameli Ratuvou, Ben Jacobs, Brad Barritt, Richard Haughton, Glen Jackson, Justin Marshall, Ben Skirving, Wikus van Heerden, Chris Jack (captain), Tom Ryder, Hugh Vyvyan, Cobus Visagie, Andy Kyriacou, Nick Lloyd.
Substitutes: Don Barrell, Matt Cairns, Kris Chesney, Andy Farrell, Cencus Johnston, Jordan Mitchell, Rodd Penney, Gordon Ross, Dave Seymour, Hayden Smith, Kevin Sorrell, Harry Spencer, Edd Thrower, Alex Walker, Mickey Wilson.
Referee: Mark Lawrence