Stormers kick off 2013 plans

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee named a 36-man squad for the team’s pre-season camp in Hermanus.

Coetzee will take a big squad to Hermanus as the team prepares for this year’s Super Rugby tournament. All first-choice players have been included (like wing Bryan Habana who will join Toulon later this year), as well as several WP age-group representatives.

Jaco Taute, Elton Jantjies, Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes and Ruan Botha, who all arrived in the Cape from the Lions, will also be part of the squad.

The Stormers will play two warm-up matches against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (2 February) and the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington (9 February).

Stormers pre-season squad – Gio Aplon, Ederies Arendse, Don Armand, Andries Bekker, Ruan Botha, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Deon Carstens, Pat Cilliers, Kurt Coleman, Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, Dewaldt Duvenage, Rynhardt Elstadt, Eben Etzebeth, Deon Fourie, Nic Groom, Bryan Habana, Brok Harris, Pat Howard, Elton Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Berton Klaasen, Siya Kolisi, Tiaan Liebenberg, Frans Malherbe, Sikumbuzo Notshe, Joe Pietersen, Michael Rhodes, Louis Schreuder, De Kock Steenkamp, Tim Swiel, Jaco Taute, Gerhard van den Heever, Duane Vermeulen.

Not considered because of injury – JP du Plessis, Scarra Ntubeni, Gary van Aswegen

Still in Japan – Peter Grant