Alister Coetzee has confirmed that Schalk Burger and Juan De Jongh have been sidelined with injury and will miss the opening match against the Bulls.
The Stormers training camp on Monday had a few “walking wounded” after Saturday’s narrow loss against the Cheetahs.
Michael Rhodes has a slight hamstring strain which will leave him out of training this week, whilst Gio Aplon and Jaco Taute both missed today’s training session due to the ‘Flu.
Of the two injuries, De Jongh’s hamstring injury appears to be the more concerning as it is “worse than a grade 1″ according to Coetzee. Burger aggravated a calf strain but should not be out for more than 2 weeks.
Promising young player JP du Plessis has injured his lower back and will be out of action until April at least.
On a positive note, Deon Fourie should be available to play this weekend against Boland. Coetzee is likely to play the remaining Stormers players who have not yet received game time this weekend. The squad will be looking to put in a strong performance against Boland with several positions still up for grabs.
The team announcement will be made on Wednesday.