DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson has confirmed the 45-man squad for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
The DHL Stormers will kick-off the new season on February 1 against the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands, having concluded their pre-season preparations with a 21-19 win against the Cell C Sharks at FNB Stadium on Vodacom SuperHero Sunday.
The New Zealand outfit, which features a large contingent of All Blacks, last visited DHL Newlands in 2014, when a late try secured a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers.
The last time the two teams played the opening game of the season was at DHL Newlands in 2012, when Siya Kolisi made a try-scoring debut off the replacements bench.
Kolisi, who now has 115 DHL Stormers caps to his name, will begin his fourth season as DHL Stormers captain.
The squad has been training together since early October in preparation for what will be the historic final season at DHL Newlands.
The 45-man group includes 10 Springboks, of which seven are World Cup Champions, as well as a British and Irish Lion in new signing Jamie Roberts.
Dobson said that with pre-season having now wrapped up, the focus shifts to ensuring that his team is ready to hit the ground running in their opening game against the Hurricanes next week.
“There has been a lot of planning and hard work that has gone in to get us to this point and we are very pleased with the way that our squad is shaping up.
“There is always an air of excitement ahead of the opening game and all the players and management cannot wait for the season to get going.
“We have got some incredible players on our books and the focus now is on turning out a team that will make our faithful supporters smile with the rugby that they play and the way they represent the DHL Stormers,” he said.
Tickets for the first four games of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands against the Hurricanes, Vodacom Bulls, Jaguares and Blues are on sale from wprugby.computicket.com.
The 2020 DHL Newlands season ticket package is R2900 per ticket and includes a Springbok Test and a special last game, as well as the full Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup campaigns including all possible quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, for both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province, among a host of additional power benefits, discounts and value for our faithful supporters.
DHL Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Kwenzo Blose, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ben-Jason Dixon, Schalk Erasmus, Neethling Fouche, Michal Hazner, Lyle Hendricks, Herschel Jantjies, Dan Jooste, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, David Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Leon Lyons, Godlen Masimla, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, David Meihuizen, Salmaan Moerat, Matt More, Ruhan Nel, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Rikus Pretorius, Jamie Roberts, Sazi Sandi, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Chad Solomon, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst van Rhyn, Abner van Reenen, Chris van Zyl, Ali Vermaak, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Nama Xaba, Leolin Zas.