Jouba’s still on ice

Marius Joubert will play no part in the Stormers’ Vodacom Super 14 clash with the Brumbies.

Joubert suffered a slight ankle sprain during a fitness test on Monday, and has learnt that he will not be rushed back into the match 22 for Friday’s fixture.

Coach Kobus van der Merwe is not one to push the panic button, and with the Cape side confident of Jean de Villiers’ return, there is little need to be rushed back.

De Villiers will be included in the Stormers team that will be announced tomorrow, but a final decision regarding his fitness will be taken on Thursday. His chances have been pegged at 80%.

**Joubert’s impatience to find the form that saw him nominated as one of the IRB Players of the Year in 2004 is revealed in the March edition of SA Rugby magazine, out now.