SA President’s XV team announced for Tbilisi Cup opener against Uruguay

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SA President’s XV coach Jimmy Stonehouse on Thursday named a strong team for their opening clash against Uruguay in the inaugural IRB Tbilisi Cup in Georgia on Friday.


Experienced Leopards lock Brendon Snyman, who led the team to a 26-23 victory against Namibia in Windhoek two weeks ago, will captain the side, with Regent Boland Cavaliers flyhalf Ricardo Croy named as the vice-captain.


The match-22 features two players with Vodacom Super Rugby experience in Steval Pumas centre Stefan Watermeyer and wing Wilmaure Louw. Steval Pumas loose forward Renaldo Bothma, formerly of the MTN Golden Lions, brings Absa Currie Cup Premier Division experience to the team.


With all 11 Steval Pumas players in the match-22 having participated in the Vodacom Cup final against the MTN Golden Lions three weeks ago, the backline combination of Jerome Pretorius, Louw and Watermeyer, and flanks Uzair Cassiem and Jaco Bouwer are expected to form a vital cog in the team.


Looking ahead at their opening clash, Stonehouse said: “It is a huge opportunity to compete against the likes of Emerging Ireland, Georgia and Uruguay, so we are looking forward to getting the tournament underway.


“Our training sessions in Tbilisi have been good and the players are looking forward to the clash against Uruguay. That said we realise it won’t be an easy tournament, especially given the competition from Ireland, as their team features two Test players and seven players from Ulster.


“However, names mean nothing, what happens on the field will determine the outcome of the match.”


The team will line up against the Emerging Ireland team on Tuesday before meeting Georgia in their final clash next week Sunday.


The SA Presidents XV team to face Uruguay at the Avchala Rugby Stadium:

15. Jacquin Jansen (Regent Boland Cavaliers)

14. Jerome Pretorius (Steval Pumas)

13. Stefan Watermeyer (Steval Pumas)

12. Adriaan Engelbrecht (Leopards)

11. Wilmaure Louw (Steval Pumas)

10. Ricardo Croy (Regent Boland Cavaliers)

9. Sinovuyo Nyoka (Border Bulldogs)

8. Zandré Jordaan (Regent Boland Cavaliers)

7. Uzair Cassiem (Steval Pumas)

6. Jaco Bouwer (Steval Pumas)

5. Giant Mtyanda (SWD Eagles)

4. Brendon Snyman (Leopards)

3. Martin Dreyer (Leopards)

2. Ashton Constant (Regent Boland Cavaliers)

1. Khwezilokusa Mkhafu (Border Bulldogs)


16: Frank Herne (Steval Pumas)

17. Ivann Espag (Steval Pumas)

18. Eduan van der Walt (Steval Pumas)

19. Renaldo Bothma (Steval Pumas)

20. Kebe Ntando (Regent Boland Cavaliers)

21. Rosko Speckman (Steval Pumas)

22. Coenraad van Wyk (Steval Pumas)

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