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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:37 pm 
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Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Craig Barry, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Paul de Wet, Stephan de Wit, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain, Neethling Fouche, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, SP Marais, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, John Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Joshua Stander, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Alistair Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Eddie Zandberg.

I look forward to seeing how Juarno Augustus and Salmaan Moerat fares in the seniors

Juarno Augustus, Player of the Tournament 2017 JRWC
Age 20
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HEIGHT 188 cm
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Salmaan Moerat
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WEIGHT 115 Kg

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Of the 47-man squad, there are nine players who will not be available to face the Jaguares in the opening game due to injury.

Etzebeth (shoulder), is joined on the injured list by Sarel Marais (toe), Siyabonga Ntubeni (hamstring), Allister Vermaak (hamstring), Jano Vermaak (knee), Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), Dan du Plessis (shoulder), Frans Malherbe (neck) and Juarno Augustus (back).

Craig Barry (Cheetahs) and Neethling Fouche (Maties) are currently with other teams, but are available to the Stormers this season.

http://www.rugby365.com/tournaments/super-rugby/83195-bok-duo-to-lead-stormers


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So Wilco Louw seems to be fit then? That's a relief considering our injury list.


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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So Wilco Louw seems to be fit then? That's a relief considering our injury list.


Apparently only a strain. Or he's seeing Elton Jantjies's doctor :)

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There were fears when Louw hobbled off the field against the Bulls in a warm-up game in Wellington last weekend that he had suffered major hip flexor damage.

Scans though‚ revealed an abductor strain and Fleck confirmed that he would be back in full training on Monday.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/rugby/2018-02-08-stormers-boosted-by-wilco-louw-news/


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Fleck winning SR before it starts
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“On paper we have a great pack and spent a lot of time recruiting the right players and putting succession plans in place to make sure our tight five‚ and entire pack is as strong as it can be in order to win this competition

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/rugby/2018-02-08-stormers-boosted-by-wilco-louw-news/


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Craig Barry, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Paul de Wet, Stephan de Wit, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain, Neethling Fouche, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, SP Marais, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, John Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Joshua Stander, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Alistair Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Eddie Zandberg.

Injured: Etzebeth (shoulder), is joined on the injured list by Sarel Marais (toe), Siyabonga Ntubeni (hamstring), Allister Vermaak (hamstring), Jano Vermaak (knee), Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), Dan du Plessis (shoulder), Frans Malherbe (neck) and Juarno Augustus (back)

So using this squad and taking the injuries into consideration, let's put together the start XV for game 1:
1. Kitshoff
2. Bongi
3. Louw
4. PSDT
5. Schickerling
6. Kolisi/Stander/de Wit?
7. van Dyk/Wiese/Kolisi?
8. Carr

9. Duvet
10. Willemse
11. Senatla
12. DDA
13. EW
14. Petersen
15. Leyds

*I don't know enough about the young loosies to see how and where they fit in the loosie combo. But the above is a good starting XV and will only be strengthened when a number of first choice players return. Especially the duP brothers in the backline and Malherbe and Eben in the pack with newbie Augustus as well. :thumbup:

Dan Kriel, George Whitehead :x :thumbdown:


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Jensrsa wrote:
Fleck winning SR before it starts
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“On paper we have a great pack and spent a lot of time recruiting the right players and putting succession plans in place to make sure our tight five‚ and entire pack is as strong as it can be in order to win this competition

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/rugby/2018-02-08-stormers-boosted-by-wilco-louw-news/

Stop fishing jens. :thumbdown:


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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saffer13 wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Fleck winning SR before it starts
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“On paper we have a great pack and spent a lot of time recruiting the right players and putting succession plans in place to make sure our tight five‚ and entire pack is as strong as it can be in order to win this competition

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/rugby/2018-02-08-stormers-boosted-by-wilco-louw-news/

Stop fishing jens. :thumbdown:

Sad. An ok poster has turned into a troll.


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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saffer13 wrote:
Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Craig Barry, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Paul de Wet, Stephan de Wit, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain, Neethling Fouche, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, SP Marais, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, John Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Joshua Stander, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Alistair Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Eddie Zandberg.

Injured: Etzebeth (shoulder), is joined on the injured list by Sarel Marais (toe), Siyabonga Ntubeni (hamstring), Allister Vermaak (hamstring), Jano Vermaak (knee), Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), Dan du Plessis (shoulder), Frans Malherbe (neck) and Juarno Augustus (back)

So using this squad and taking the injuries into consideration, let's put together the start XV for game 1:
1. Kitshoff
2. Bongi
3. Louw
4. PSDT
5. Schickerling
6. Kolisi/Stander/de Wit?
7. van Dyk/Wiese/Kolisi?
8. Carr

9. Duvet
10. Willemse
11. Senatla
12. DDA
13. EW
14. Petersen
15. Leyds

*I don't know enough about the young loosies to see how and where they fit in the loosie combo. But the above is a good starting XV and will only be strengthened when a number of first choice players return. Especially the duP brothers in the backline and Malherbe and Eben in the pack with newbie Augustus as well. :thumbup:

Dan Kriel, George Whitehead :x :thumbdown:

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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Chilli wrote:
saffer13 wrote:
Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Craig Barry, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Paul de Wet, Stephan de Wit, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain, Neethling Fouche, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, SP Marais, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Caylib Oosthuizen, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, John Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Joshua Stander, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Alistair Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Eddie Zandberg.

Injured: Etzebeth (shoulder), is joined on the injured list by Sarel Marais (toe), Siyabonga Ntubeni (hamstring), Allister Vermaak (hamstring), Jano Vermaak (knee), Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), Dan du Plessis (shoulder), Frans Malherbe (neck) and Juarno Augustus (back)

So using this squad and taking the injuries into consideration, let's put together the start XV for game 1:
1. Kitshoff
2. Bongi
3. Louw
4. PSDT
5. Schickerling
6. Kolisi/Stander/de Wit?
7. van Dyk/Wiese/Kolisi?
8. Carr

9. Duvet
10. Willemse
11. Senatla
12. DDA
13. EW
14. Petersen
15. Leyds

*I don't know enough about the young loosies to see how and where they fit in the loosie combo. But the above is a good starting XV and will only be strengthened when a number of first choice players return. Especially the duP brothers in the backline and Malherbe and Eben in the pack with newbie Augustus as well. :thumbup:

Dan Kriel, George Whitehead :x :thumbdown:

Backline looks very average


I agree. I'm particularly worried about 12/13. I think we have enough coverage to be fine at wing and FB. And zero quality depth at 10 obviously. Hopefully Fleck will use Leyds as 10 backup instead of Whitehead. Would be much better with the duP brothers back again.


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Is one of the Stomps supporters going to start a match thread? Or can we ask Sards to do it for you?


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Is one of the Stomps supporters going to start a match thread? Or can we ask Sards to do it for you?

Don't have the time for fancy matchfreds...


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:40 pm 
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There’s some exciting talent in the squad once again but do Robbie Fleck’s men have the experienced spine to stop flattering to deceive?
The Stormers generally boast decent depth despite all the shenanigans of liquidations and court cases with former commercial partners.

In fact, one can pretty much bank on the Cape franchise always at least reaching the knock-out stages of Super Rugby but they just can’t seem to decode winning those matches.

There is, as always, hope given some of the young talent that has been assembled yet perhaps the Stormers lack a really experienced core.

Could that translate into deja vu?

Only time will tell.

FULLBACKS: SP Marais, Dillyn Leyds

There’s been little indication really what the Stormers’ plan in this position is because there are quite a few versatile options.

SP Marais revitalised his career in 2017 with his consistency but there’s agreement among the coaching staff that the mercurial Dillyn Leyds might be the trump card (even if coach Robbie Fleck likes the idea of him at No 10).

Cheetahs import Sergeal Petersen also has experience at Super Rugby level in the position.

VERDICT: The Stormers can go for stability or they can expand horizons by taking a risk

WINGS: Craig Barry, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Seabelo Senatla

The Stormers can look at this group in two ways.

There will be doubts over players like Petersen and Raymond Rhule, who are relatively small in stature and perhaps lack physical presence.

But the upside is that these players are game-breakers too, individuals who can change the course of a match in an instant.

Much hope will also be invested in Seabelo Senatla, who says he’s ready to make the proper switch from sevens to fifteens.

That could be a massive thing.

VERDICT: Faith could see these men flourish

CENTRES: Damian de Allende, Dan du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Dan Kriel, EW Viljoen

2017’s injury struggles meant that the Cape franchise’s rookie centres needed to grow up quickly.

In that regard, EW Viljoen differentiated himself and seems set to become a classy midfielder while Dan Kriel and Dan du Plessis will hope to stay fit to establish themselves.

There is experience in Damian de Allende but his career is at a crossroads and the same can be said of JJ Engelbrecht, who’s probably entered last chance saloon in a disappointing career.

Inconsistency could become a problem in this position.

VERDICT: There’s a lot of baggage that needs to be managed

FLYHALVES: Jean-Luc du Plessis, Joshua Stander, George Whitehead, Damian Willemse

It will be tempting for the Stormers to try to extract every ounce of potential and talent from 19-year-old Damian Willemse, who’s already been shouldered with heavy expectations.

Given the departure of Robert du Preez to the Sharks and relatively unknown depth in George Whitehead and Joshua Stander, the coaching staff might have even more ammunition to groom Willemse.

Yet that’s a lot to expect on such a young man, particularly if he has to manage a complex game-plan.

Jean-Luc du Plessis’ return later on will be welcomed but he’s very injury prone.

VERDICT: There’s the risk of relying on a young man too much

SCRUMHALVES: Paul de Wet, Dewaldt Duvenage, Justin Phillips, Jano Vermaak

If they stay fit, the Stormers will feel relatively comfortable with their stocks here.

Jano Vermaak is a wily campaigner and Dewaldt Duvenage’s underrated service and game-management is a strength.

There will be growth pains though they need to delve into the youngsters.

VERDICT: Experience and class but the depth isn’t really proven

FLANKERS: Siya Kolisi (c), Juarno Augustus, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Steph de Wit, Sikhu Notshe, Kobus van Dyk, Cobus Wiese

As is the case with virtually every other team in South Africa, the talent among the loose forwards is something to be envious about.

Siya Kolisi, following a breakthrough year of sorts at Bok level last year, will spearhead the Stormers’ physical intent and will have support from Nizaam Carr, who’d have grown from his stint in England during the off-season.

Kobus van Dyk and Cobus Wiese are young, tall and heavy enforcers and Rassie Erasmus apparently has big plans for Sikhu Notshe at No 8.

It will be interesting to see how Junior Springbok star Juarno Augustus is incorporated.

VERDICT: Versatility and proven class intertwine with the brute force of the youngsters

LOCKS: Jan de Klerk, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Salmaan Moerat, JD Schickerling, Chris van Zyl, Eddie Zandberg

There’s not much to say about Pieter-Steph du Toit and the currently injured Eben Etzebeth – a world class lock pairing.

Instead, the focus is very much on the men below them.

JD Schickerling, who had an outstanding Currie Cup, will relish the opportunity to play in Etzebeth’s absence and is expected to make his mark.

Salmaan Moerat is a promising youngster and Chris van Zyl is the perfect squad player, a leader willing to do the donkey work too.

VERDICT: Even without Etzebeth, there’s some real potential firepower

HOOKERS: Bongi Mbonambi, Dean Muir, Scarra Ntubeni, Ramone Samuels

Despite being relatively underappreciated at national level, Bongi Mbonambi has established himself as a reliable performer at Super Rugby level and is a vital cog in the forward machine.

However, Scarra Ntubeni’s injury troubles means there’s an experienced deputy lacking though Ramone Samuels seems to be on the verge of making his mark.

VERDICT: Probably a bit thin

PROPS: Neethling Fouche, JC Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Carlu Sadie, Ali Vermaak

On paper, the Stormers can field a monstrous pack and front row in particular but the trick is actually getting all of those resources fit at the same time.

Frans Malherbe and Wilco Louw are injured, meaning there might be a period where the tighthead position might need to use all-rounders like Ali Vermaak or Caylib Oosthuizen.

That sometimes disrupts the solidity of the forward platform.

VERDICT: Fantastic … if there are no injuries

https://citizen.co.za/sport/south-africa-sport/sa-rugby-sport/1815781/we-give-our-verdict-on-the-stormers-super-rugby-squad/


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CENTRES: Damian de Allende, Dan du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Dan Kriel, EW Viljoen

Lots of x( there


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Lots of x( there

horribly average.


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Is one of the Stomps supporters going to start a match thread? Or can we ask Sards to do it for you?

Don't have the time for fancy matchfreds...

The match thread is now up.


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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The Stormers have shuffled the roles of their coaching team for the 2018 Super Rugby competition.

Paul Treu, formerly the team's defence coach, is now the assistant coach for structural play.

What this means, according to Netwerk24, is that Treu coaches the team until the third phase on attack, while on defence he takes charge from the first phase until the set-pieces.

Paul Feeney, last season’s backline and skills coach, will now be in charge of attack and defence from unstructured play.

Russell Winter, last season’s forwards coach, is now the assistant coach for forwards and contact situations - this area includes the breakdown scenarios.

The changes were made to create more synergy between the coaching staff.

“What Fleckie (Robbie Fleck, head coach) and Gert (Smal, director of rugby) want is that our roles fit with our personalities,” Treu said.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/role-changes-for-stormers-coaches-20180213


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For those not clicking on the link.

Stormers coaching team:
Head coach: Robbie Fleck
Assistant coach for forwards and contact: Russell Winter
Assistant coach for structural play: Paul Treu
Assistant coach for backline and skills: Paul Feeney
Fitness and conditioning coach: Steph du Toit
Technical analyst: Human Kriek
Kicking coach: Gareth Wright


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For those not clicking on the link.

Stormers coaching team:
Head coach: Robbie Fleck
Assistant coach for forwards and contact: Russell Winter
Assistant coach for structural play: Paul Treu
Assistant coach for backline and skills: Paul Feeney
Fitness and conditioning coach: Steph du Toit
Technical analyst: Human Kriek
Kicking coach: Gareth Wright


:thumbup: Didn't scroll far enough down the article when I copied


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For those not clicking on the link.

Stormers coaching team:
Head coach: Robbie Fleck
Assistant coach for forwards and contact: Russell Winter
Assistant coach for structural play: Paul Treu
Assistant coach for backline and skills: Paul Feeney
Fitness and conditioning coach: Steph du Toit
Technical analyst: Human Kriek
Kicking coach: Gareth Wright


Isnt he the guy who famously played for every single rugby union in South Africa? Did a stint with Leeds as well.

Wynberg boy.


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Fleck's 3 year plan:

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"My first year was an ‘interim’ position because I got the gig at the last minute so there wasn’t much I could do from a planning perspective‚" Fleck said.

"I was unable to implement my own ideas and culture. It was coaching on the run in that first season.

"But in year two I sat down with the playing leadership group and the management. I gave them a three-year plan.

"Last year was the first season of the plan.

"We made some changes successfully and we are aiming to build on that now. We want to play an exciting style of rugby and we moved in the right direction in 2017," he said.

"This season is building on the confidence of last year and challenging to be one of the best teams in the tournament.

"Next year we have some different goals. When we have a fully fit squad we believe we have the capability to challenge to be the best in the competition," said Fleck.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/sport/rugby/2018-02-13-robbie-flecks-road-map-to-super-rugby-glory/


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FuseBox wrote:
saffer13 wrote:
For those not clicking on the link.

Stormers coaching team:
Head coach: Robbie Fleck
Assistant coach for forwards and contact: Russell Winter
Assistant coach for structural play: Paul Treu
Assistant coach for backline and skills: Paul Feeney
Fitness and conditioning coach: Steph du Toit
Technical analyst: Human Kriek
Kicking coach: Gareth Wright


Isnt he the guy who famously played for every single rugby union in South Africa? Did a stint with Leeds as well.

Wynberg boy.


I wish Wynberg could claim him but he went to Bosch. Fleck went to Wynberg until midway through grade 8 so Wynberg can partly claim him ;)


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Going to be a long season for the Stormers, very long. Next year we'll hopefully play in the pro14


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beachboy wrote:
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saffer13 wrote:
For those not clicking on the link.

Stormers coaching team:
Head coach: Robbie Fleck
Assistant coach for forwards and contact: Russell Winter
Assistant coach for structural play: Paul Treu
Assistant coach for backline and skills: Paul Feeney
Fitness and conditioning coach: Steph du Toit
Technical analyst: Human Kriek
Kicking coach: Gareth Wright


Isnt he the guy who famously played for every single rugby union in South Africa? Did a stint with Leeds as well.

Wynberg boy.


I wish Wynberg could claim him but he went to Bosch. Fleck went to Wynberg until midway through grade 8 so Wynberg can partly claim him ;)
Why do you say that? :lol:


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Cardiff Blues have reportedly held talks with the Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal about the head coach position.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/western-provinces-gert-smal-a-front-runner-for-cardiff-blues-hot-seat-13287467


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Cardiff Blues have reportedly held talks with the Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal about the head coach position.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/western-provinces-gert-smal-a-front-runner-for-cardiff-blues-hot-seat-13287467

Tbf, I'm surprised Oom Gert was able to work for the pie eater for as long as he has...


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Warwick has been confirmed as a new sponsor of both the Stormers and Western Province teams, as Associate Sponsor and Wealth Partner.

Warwick is a local and international investment house, with products that span asset, estate, wealth and credit management.

Warwick operates across South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Knysna.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/new-sponsor-joins-wp-rugby-fold-20180215


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saffer13 wrote:
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Cardiff Blues have reportedly held talks with the Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal about the head coach position.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/western-provinces-gert-smal-a-front-runner-for-cardiff-blues-hot-seat-13287467

Tbf, I'm surprised Oom Gert was able to work for the pie eater for as long as he has...


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Stormers director of rugby Gert Smal has denied reports that he is set to leave Cape Town for the Cardiff Blues.

A report published on the WalesOnline website on Wednesday suggested Smal was being lined up to be the new Cardiff Blues head coach and that he had been interviewed by the club's chief executive, Richard Holland.

The Blues, the article continues, are looking for a new head coach after current coach Danny Wilson opted not to renew his contract.

But Smal told Sport24 on Thursday that the report was completely inaccurate and that there had been no contact with the Blues.

"It's completely not true," he said.

"I don't even know what the guy looks like."

Smal added that he was contracted to the Stormers, along with most of the union's coaches, until 2019.

"After that we will re-assess.

"We're just really looking forward to the start of the 2018 season."

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-boss-smal-squashes-cardiff-link-20180215


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Jensrsa wrote:
saffer13 wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
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Cardiff Blues have reportedly held talks with the Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal about the head coach position.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/western-provinces-gert-smal-a-front-runner-for-cardiff-blues-hot-seat-13287467

Tbf, I'm surprised Oom Gert was able to work for the pie eater for as long as he has...


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Stormers director of rugby Gert Smal has denied reports that he is set to leave Cape Town for the Cardiff Blues.

A report published on the WalesOnline website on Wednesday suggested Smal was being lined up to be the new Cardiff Blues head coach and that he had been interviewed by the club's chief executive, Richard Holland.

The Blues, the article continues, are looking for a new head coach after current coach Danny Wilson opted not to renew his contract.

But Smal told Sport24 on Thursday that the report was completely inaccurate and that there had been no contact with the Blues.

"It's completely not true," he said.

"I don't even know what the guy looks like."

Smal added that he was contracted to the Stormers, along with most of the union's coaches, until 2019.

"After that we will re-assess.

"We're just really looking forward to the start of the 2018 season."

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-boss-smal-squashes-cardiff-link-20180215

They always deny it at the start. Rassie denied coming home for the longest time as well.


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saffer13 wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
saffer13 wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
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Cardiff Blues have reportedly held talks with the Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal about the head coach position.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/western-provinces-gert-smal-a-front-runner-for-cardiff-blues-hot-seat-13287467

Tbf, I'm surprised Oom Gert was able to work for the pie eater for as long as he has...


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Stormers director of rugby Gert Smal has denied reports that he is set to leave Cape Town for the Cardiff Blues.

A report published on the WalesOnline website on Wednesday suggested Smal was being lined up to be the new Cardiff Blues head coach and that he had been interviewed by the club's chief executive, Richard Holland.

The Blues, the article continues, are looking for a new head coach after current coach Danny Wilson opted not to renew his contract.

But Smal told Sport24 on Thursday that the report was completely inaccurate and that there had been no contact with the Blues.

"It's completely not true," he said.

"I don't even know what the guy looks like."

Smal added that he was contracted to the Stormers, along with most of the union's coaches, until 2019.

"After that we will re-assess.

"We're just really looking forward to the start of the 2018 season."

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-boss-smal-squashes-cardiff-link-20180215

They always deny it at the start. Rassie denied coming home for the longest time as well.

:lol: True

I see his kids study (studied?) in Ireland at UCD. Moving back to the UK he'll be closer to his kids, if they're still there


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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Stormers tour squad: Nizaam Carr, Damian de Allende, Jan de Klerk, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Dewaldt Duvenage, Johannes Engelbrecht, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Steven Kitshoff, Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Sarel Marais, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, John Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse.


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 Post subject: Re: Stormers 2018
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THE STORMERS ARE SWEATING OVER THE FITNESS OF STARTING FLYHALF DAMIAN WILLEMSE AHEAD OF THEIR CLASH AGAINST THE CRUSADERS IN CHRISTCHURCH ON SATURDAY.

The 19-year-old has a quad haematoma after suffering a big knock in his side's 27-34 defeat to the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Stormers assistant coach Paul Feeney says they are unsure whether he will be available for their Super Rugby Round Three clash against the Crusaders.

It [Willemse's availability] depends how he comes through in the next 48 hours," said Feeney

http://www.rugby365.com/tournaments/super-rugby/83482-stormers-sweating-over-willemse


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And Fleck possibly leaving. Not a bad thing but falling apart at the seems already. Chalk this season up to a complete mess already. :lol:


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And reading the article it seems to suggest it might even be a move that gets made sooner rather than later if it happens correct?


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Cape Town - WP Rugby has moved to distance Stormers coach Robbie Fleck from an approach by Welsh side Ospreys to take over as head coach.

Ospreys, currently languishing in sixth place (out of seven teams) in Conference A of this year's PRO14 tournament, parted company with coach Steve Tandy last month after six years at the helm.

According to the Wales Online and BBC Sport websites, the Ospreys have spoken to Fleck, who guided the Stormers to two Super Rugby quarter-finals since taking charge of the team in December 2015.

On Monday, WP Rugby issued a statement in response to the reports, confirming Fleck, 42, has a contract with the Cape franchise.

The statement read as follows:

"Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck is currently in the second year of a three-year contract, which runs until the end of the 2019 season.

"Fleck has been approached by various clubs in the United Kingdom, but remains under contract with the Stormers.

"The Stormers mentor is fully focused on the current Australasian tour, which will see his team take on defending Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders, in Christchurch on Saturday."

While word on the street is Fleck has rejected the offer, the Stormers will be well aware that contracts mean very little - if anything - in this day and age.

Fleck played as centre for the Stormers and Bath and also represented South Africa in 31 Tests between 1999 and 2002.

Fleck served as the Stormers' assistant coach from 2010 before being elevated to the head coaching role when Eddie Jones relinquished the reins at the Cape Town-based franchise after a matter of days to become England's head coach.

Earlier this month, the Wales Online website reported that WP Rugby director of rugby, Gert Smal, was linked to the Cardiff Blues, only for Smal to strongly deny the report in an interview with Sport24.


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The Welsh must be lank desperate if they want to buy Fleck. He has achieved nothing as a coach except winning a watered down CC.


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The Welsh must be lank desperate if they want to buy Fleck. He has achieved nothing as a coach except winning a watered down CC.


He has taken the Stormers to a number of play-offs in SR (a much higher level comp than Pro 14). The Stormers couldn't win any of these play-off games but that's beside the point :)


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The Welsh must be lank desperate if they want to buy Fleck. He has achieved nothing as a coach except winning a watered down CC.


He has taken the Stormers to a number of play-offs in SR (a much higher level comp than Pro 14). The Stormers couldn't win any of these play-off games but that's beside the point :)

Only due to the very flawed conference system which has now been changed.


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If both SP and Senatla are out injured this weekend...our back three are in serious trouble. Glad to see the du Plessis' training again :thumbup:

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The DHL Stormers will have both lock Pieter-Steph du Toit and flank Cobus Wiese available for their encounter with the Blues at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Du Toit missed the final match on tour against the Highlanders due to illness, having been in doubt after sustaining concussion the previous week against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Wiese also missed the Highlanders match, but has recovered from a shoulder injury to be available for selection against the Blues this week.

Lock Chris van Zyl continues to be monitored after suffering concussion against the Highlanders, while fullback SP Marais will go for scans on Monday to determine the extent of the rib injury he picked up in Dunedin, but is expected to miss the clash with the Blues.

Wing Sergeal Petersen injured his medial cruciate ligament (knee) in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge warm-up match for DHL Western Province against Maties and has been sidelined for four months, along with lock JD Schickerling (pectoral), who successfully underwent surgery last week.

Centres Dan du Plessis (shoulder) and Dan Kriel (foot) and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak (knee) are all available for DHL Western Province in a friendly game against Griquas in Upington on Saturday as they make their return.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), hooker Scarra Ntubeni (hamstring) and props Frans Malherbe (neck) and Ali Vermaak (hamstring) are all back in full training this week as they return from long-term lay-offs. Each of these players will have their progress monitored in order to determine a return-to-play date.

Lock Eben Etzebeth (shoulder) and loose forward Juarno Augustus (back) continue to make good progress in their rehabilitation and their return to play will be determined by their progress going forward.

Wing Seabelo Senatla’s groin continues to be assessed and his load is being carefully managed, with his return-to-play also dependent on his progress.


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