Deon Fourie will play his 100th match for the Stormers in a relatively unchanged matchday squad for the United Rugby Championship (URC) final against the Bulls in Cape Town on Saturday.
EXCLUSIVE | THE TOP 5 REFEREES IN THE WORLD AFTER THE WEEKEND’S MATCHES
The Stormers will host the inaugural URC showpiece at the Cape Town Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 19:30.
Fourie made his Stormers debut in 2008 and after earning 84 caps, left to play in France for seven years before returning last year.
Two squad changes for the Stormers
He has been a standout performer for the Stormers this season, with his form earning him a first Springbok call-up.
READ | RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP DITCHES ‘HOME AND AWAY’ FORMAT
He will run out ahead of a Stormers side which shows two changes from the semi-final win against Ulster on Saturday.
Sergeal Petersen comes in for the injured Leolin Zas, while loose forward Junior Pokomela is included on the replacements bench.
READ | JOHN DOBSON: THE PUBLISHED AUTHOR WHO COULD WRITE HISTORIC STORMERS CHAPTER
Stormers head coach John Dobson said that he could not be happier for Fourie.
“Deon embodies a lot of what we pride ourselves in as a team. Playing for the Stormers means a lot to Deon and it means a lot to the rest of us that he reaches this milestone on such a big occasion. He deserves all the accolades coming his way,” he said.
WATCH | MANIE LIBBOK KICKS STORMERS IN URC FINAL. IT WAS OVER, RIGHT?
Dobson added that he is glad to be able to bring the likes of Petersen and Pokomela in, with both players contributing to the Stormers in getting to this point.
“Sergeal and Junior have shown their worth for us this season and both add something different to our squad, so we are looking forward to seeing what they can do on Saturday,” he said.
READ | URC FINAL: KICK-OFF TIME CONFIRMED FOR STORMERS V BULLS BLOCKBUSTER
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Nama Xaba, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Sacha Mngomezulu