Guinness PRO14 kicks off

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The Toyota Cheetahs will become the first southern hemisphere side ever to take part in the Guinness PRO14 championship.  The side from Bloemfontein will be

making history when they take on Ulster Rugby on Friday evening at 20:35 (SA time) at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, Ireland.

“The Toyota Cheetah players are extremely excited to join this world class championship”, said Toyota Cheetah captain, Neill Jordaan after arriving in Belfast on Wednesday.

Guinness PRO14 will for the first time play under the new Conference format which sees each team play home and away against clubs in their own Conference and

then home or away against the other Conference before two more rounds that ensure all derby games are played, which formed an important part the competition up till now.

South Africans who previously played for Ulster are Johann Muller, Ruan Pienaar ( Try of the Season 2017) and Franco van der Merwe.

Coach Rory Duncan announced a strong team for the first encounter.


Toyota Cheetahs vs Ulster

Kingspan Stadium

1 September 2017, 20:35 (SA Time)


Shirt no. Position Player
15 Full back Petersen, Sergeal
14 Right wing Rosko Specman
13 Right centre William Small-Smith
12 Left centre Ali Mgijima
11 Left wing Makazole Mapimpi
10 Fly half Clayton Blommetjies
9 Scrum half Shaun Venter
1 Loose head prop Charles Marais
2 Hooker Jacques du Toit
3 Tight head prop Johan Coetzee
4 Left lock Justin Basson
5 Right lock Reniel Hugo
6 Left flanker Paul Schoeman
7 Right flanker Henco Venter
8 Number eight Niell Jordaan (Captain)
16 Hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld
17 FRR Ox Nche
18 FRR Tom Botha
19 Utility Forward Rynier Bernardo
20 Utility Forward Gerhard Olivier
21 Back Tian Meyer
22 Back Cecil Afrika
23 Back Ryno Benjamin



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