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Sport24.co.za | Stormers welcome back returning stars

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Cape Town - The Stormers have beenbolstered by the return of key players from duties in the HSBC Sevens WorldSeries and in Japan.

Stalwarts Schalk Burger andEben Etzebeth joined up with the

team last week after returning from stints inJapan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankleinjury.

Juan de Jongh and CheslinKolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties forthe Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kolbe and De Jongh starred forthe BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named inthe Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series.

Stormers coach RobbieFleck said that having players of their calibre back in the fold is asignificant boost as they continue to build towards the new Vodacom SuperRugby season which kicks off with a clash against the Vodacom Bulls at Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

"It is fantastic to haveworld class players such as these back in the mix, as they give the rest of thesquad a real lift.

"The rest of the playershave put in an incredible amount of work in the off-season, and now the focusis on getting the returning players up to speed on our plans as soon aspossible," he said.

The first task at hand will bethe pre-season friendly against the Jaguares from Argentina at Newlands onSaturday, February 13 for which tickets are R50 each, with season tickets notvalid.

The visitors boast the likesof Pumas flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez, who was the leading points-scorer at the 2015Rugby World Cup, elusive wing Santiago Cordero, tough flanks Juan ManuelLeguizamón, and Pablo Matera amongst their ranks and will be led by Argentinaskipper Agustín Creevy.

Fleck said that his squad willhave to make the most of every minute against the Jaguares to ensure that theyare able to hit the ground running from the first match against the VodacomBulls.

"The Jaguares will be aseriously tough side that will test us in a number of important areas.

"We got some goodgame-time under our belts in the friendly against the SWD Eagles in George, andwe want to use this match against the Jaguares to ensure that all of theplayers are ready to go ahead our first Vodacom Super Rugby match against theVodacom Bulls," he added.

Of course, the friendly willalso be the first opportunity for Stormers fans to catch some of the newsignings in action against a highly competitive Jaguares side.

Tickets are available fromany Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.comand the stadium box office.

The match will not be televised.

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