The DHL Stormers are not taking the Neo Africa Tri Series lightly as a near full strength team has been announced to face the Lione on Friday.
In what is a very experienced backline, the only player that truly stands out is young Gary van Aswegen, who has been selected at flyhalf in the absence of first choice Peter Grant who is stuck in Japan playing for the Kobe Steelers for the next three weeks at least.
De Jongh and de Villiers make for a formidable centre combination for a team that will hope to build on their 2010 efforts and reach another set of playoffs in Super Rugby.
Another player that may seem to be out of place is flanker Rynardt Elstadt, who forms part of a super back three with Duane Vermeulen and Captain Schalk Burger.
Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg and newcomer CJ van de Linde will form a front row that will be keen to prove they have what it takes to dominate opposition.
Conrad Jantjes, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Gary van Aswegen, Ricky Januarie, Duane Vermeulen, Rynardt Elstadt, Schalk Burger (capt), Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg and CJ Van de Linde.Tweet