Schalk Brits will be on the subs bench at his old home ground when the Stormers take on the Cats at Ellis Park this Saturday.
“Splinters” Shimange will get a rare start, although Brits should come on at some stage during the second half.
“My first aim is to prove to Kobus van der Merwe that I deserve the No 2 jersey of the Stormers. I want to show him and the panel that I deserve to be in the starting line-up,” Brits told the Cape Times.
“I also want to prove to the Cats that they have lost a good player, even though they did everything in their power to keep me. I am going to play against old friends, which will be tough. I can’t wait … it’s going to be scary. I know they’re going to come for me, but the best form of defence is attack.”
Meanwhile, Bolla Conradie is expected to wear the No 9 jersey ahead of Neil de Kock, while captain De Wet Barry is 90% sure of being fit for the game.
Possible Stormers team:
15 Werner Greeff, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 De Wet Barry, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Bolla Conradie, 8 Adri Badenhorst, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Luke Watson, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Andries Bekker, 3 Eddie Andrews, 2 Hanyani Shimange, 1 JD Moller.