Etzebeth returns to full duty for DHL Stormers
May 08, 2013
Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will make his first start of the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season when the DHL Stormers take on the high-flying Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

Etzebeth made his return to action - from an ankle injury which he sustained during pre-season action - in last week's 17-18 loss to the Blues in Albany. And this week the Springbok starlet will partner fellow international Andries Bekker in the second row, as the DHL Stormers look to pick up a second win on the road in Australasia.

In other changes to the matchday 22, which did duty against the Blues, flank/lock Don Armand joins the bench - along with winger Gerhard van den Heever, who flew over to Sydney as an injury replacement earlier this week.

Centre/wing Damian de Allende drops out of the squad altogether for this weekend's match which kicks-off at 19h40 local time (11h40 SA time).

DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee explained: "We didn't make many changes in order to retain some continuity for this week.

"On the bench, Damian didn't do much wrong but our thinking with getting Gerhard onto the bench is that he's a specialist wing and that will give us some more options."

The DHL Stormers team is: 15. Joe Pietersen 14. Gio Aplon 13. Juan de Jongh 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) 11. Bryan Habana 10. Gary van Aswegen 9. Dewaldt Duvenage 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) 7. Rynhardt Elstadt 6. Siya Kolisi 5. Andries Bekker 4. Eben Etzebeth 3. Frans Malherbe 2. Deon Fourie 1. Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16. Scarra Ntubeni 17. Pat Cilliers 18. Don Armand 19. Nizaam Carr 20. Louis Schreuder 21. Elton Jantjies 22. Gerhard van den Heever.