Juan de Jongh, Rynhardt Elstadt, Caylib Oostuizen and Damian Willemse will all join the DHL Stormers in Wellington ahead of their final tour game against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Centre De Jongh (knee) and utility forward Elstadt (ankle) have both recently recovered from injury and will provide some important experience ahead of the clash with the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions.
There were more injuries added to the list following the defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin, with prop JC Janse van Rensburg, locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and flyhalf Kurt Coleman all flying back to Cape Town.
Janse van Rensburg has torn a bicep muscle and will be out for four to six weeks, whilst Coleman tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle in training and Etzebeth (calf) and Du Toit (knee) have also been ruled out due to injury niggles.
There are also doubts about captain Siya Kolisi who is nursing a shoulder injury, whilst prop Frans Malherbe will not be available for selection this week due to the Springbok management plan.
Despite these setbacks, DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the squad is determined to end their tour of New Zealand with an improved performance in Wellington.
“The injury list is growing, but luckily we welcome some quality players back this week and we are focused on the challenge ahead.
“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so the goal this week is to raise our game against the Hurricanes,” he said.
There are two backline changes to the DHL Western Province team to face the Border Bulldogs at City Park on Saturday.
Following their 30-18 opening win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth last week, DHL Western Province will be on home turf at City Park, where there will be two regional club matches played as curtain-raisers beforehand on Saturday.
Justin Phillips gets an opportunity to start with Godlen Masimla on the replacements bench in a rotational switch between the two Vodacom Super Rugby scrumhalves, whilst the other change to the starting line-up sees Michal Hazner at outside centre and Harlon Klaasen providing midfield cover.
The forward pack is unchanged from the combination that started against the EP Kings, but the fit-again duo of prop Frans van Wyk and loose forward Eital Bredenkamp feature on the replacements bench.
DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that his team will look to build on their opening win against the EP Kings when they face a competitive Border side on Saturday.
“We know that we can improve in a number of areas, so it is nice to have some continuity in selection as we try to achieve that. Continue reading
The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) is an accredited academic institution, which offers matriculants the opportunity to partake in a one year course of environmental and conservation studies.
After the successful completion of the course, students receive a NQF level 5 qualification, which enables them to enter a number of jobs or to proceed with further academic ventures.
Eight microscopes have recently been donated to the academy by Stellenbosch University. Professor Karen Esler facilitated this donation.
Prof. Esler worked for the Botany department from 1995 up until 2004, after which she took the role of assistant professor in Conservation Ecology. In September 2008, she upgraded to Professor. Prof. Esler was appointed as head of the department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology in 2015. Continue reading
Lock JD Schickerling and loose forward Kobus van Dyk will join the DHL Stormers in New Zealand as injury cover.
Both Dan du Plessis and Cobus Wiese are on their way home due to shoulder injuries sustained against the Crusaders in Christchurch and will be surgically assessed in Cape Town.
The other casualty from Christchurch is lock Chris van Zyl who has been ruled out for a week with concussion.
Schickerling and Van Dyk, who both made their Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers in 2016, will join the team in Dunedin where they are preparing for their clash with the Highlanders on Friday.
Schickerling is returning from a minor ankle injury, whilst Van Dyk has starred for Maties in the Varsity Cup this year.
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting this evening, 18 April 2017.
Members of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, ladies and gentlemen.
Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.
It is a great pleasure to join like-minded people and organisations who are committed to responding to climate change in our city.
The impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments.
For this reason, the City of Cape Town is overlaying all our decisions that we make on a daily basis with the impacts of climate change.
We cannot plan anything without factoring in the impact of climate change. Continue reading
Dam levels have declined to 26,2% (storage levels), which is 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 16,2%, with approximately 100 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week is 741 million litres per day, which is 41 million litres above the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to save water and we plead with Capetonians to bring collective usage down to 700 million litres per day. The amount of rain that has fallen over parts of the metro will not materially change the low levels of the dams and, in addition, it is critical that we do not draw more from dams than is necessary during the upcoming winter months.
All households must reduce consumption further. If each person uses around 100 litres a day, we will achieve our targeted reduced consumption. Continue reading
New Zealand centre Shaun Treeby has joined the DHL Stormers on a short-term contract as injury cover in midfield.
The experienced Treeby will be with the DHL Stormers for the next four months, as they look to build on what has been an encouraging start to their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that with three international centres out injured, it was important to bring in an established player as cover.
“Having lost Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh and Huw Jones to injury this year we needed some experience in midfield and I am sure that Shaun will have a positive impact here in his time with us,” he said.
Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said that he is excited to see what value Treeby adds to the squad.
“Shaun made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders in 2011 and has amassed 50 caps, so he is expected to have a big impact here at DHL Newlands.
“He is a proven competitor and can only help some of the talented young players around him to grow in the absence of some quality players we have unfortunately lost through injury this season,” he said.