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Willemse at fullback for Stormers’ Champs Cup match against London Irish

In total there are four changes to the side that ran out in the URC last weekend.


Stormers boss John Dobson has made four changes to his side for the Champions Cup encounter with London Irish in Brentford on Sunday. Kick-off is 3pm SA time.

There are two changes to the pack and two in the backline, along with a few positional switches, for the return clash with the English Premiership outfit.

Lock Connor Evans will make his first start for the Stormers, while in the loose trio Junior Pokomela is at blindside flank.

In the backline Angelo Davids comes in for the injured Leolin Zas and a fit-again Ruhan Nel joins Dan du Plessis in midfield, with Damian Willemse at fullback.

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Hooker Andre-Hugo Venter, prop Ali Vermaak, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and utility back Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu will all get an opportunity from the bench which also includes utility forward Simon Miller, who will make his Stormers debut when he comes on.

Coach John Dobson said that his team will need to be at their best to get what would be a valuable away win.

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“There are not many teams winning away from home in this competition, so we know that it will take our best on Sunday,” he said.

“There has been some hard work put in on the training ground this week, so hopefully we will see that pay off come Sunday.”

Stormers: Damian Willemse, Suleiman Hartzenberg, Ruhan Nel, Dan du Plessis, Angelo Davids, Manie Libbok, Paul de Wet, Hacjivah Dayimani, Junior Pokomela, Deon Fourie, Marvin Orie, Connor Evans, Neethling Fouche, Joseph Dweba, Steven Kitshoff (capt). Bench: Andre-Hugo Venter, Ali Vermaak, Brok Harris, Simon Miller, Ben-Jason Dixon, Willie Engelbrecht, Stefan Ungerer, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu