Cheetahs announce pre-season squad

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has announced a 51-man pre-season Super Rugby squad.

They have this week off but will commence their pre-season training in Bloemfontein on Monday, November 9.

Lock Lood de Jager, who featured for the Boks at the Rugby World Cup, is also included after returning from England.

The Cheetahs start their 2016 Super Rugby campaign with a home game against the new team from Argentina on Friday, February 26.

Cheetahs squad:

Justin Basson, Rayno Benjamin, Clayton Blommetjies, Tienie Burger, Willie Britz, Johan Coetzee, Luan de Bruin, Lood de Jager, Maphutha Dolo, Jacques du Toit, Joseph Dweba, Sias Ebersohn, Joubert Engelbrecht, Reinhardt Erwee, Elandre Huggett, Reniel Hugo, Niell Jordaan, Armandt Koster, Tertius Kruger, Nico Lee, Hilton Lobberts, Niel Marias, Steven Meiring, Tian Meyer, Danie Mienie, Zee Mkhabela, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Teunis Nieuwoudt, Gerhard Olivier, Sergeal Petersen, Boom Prinsloo, Niel Rautenbach, Raymond Rhule, Willem Serfontein, Paul Schoeman, William Small-Smith, JP Smith, BG Uys, Francois Uys, Michael van der Spuy, Maks van Dyk, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ruan van Rensburg, Coenie van Wyk, Francois Venter, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Dennis Visser, Carl Wegner, Fred Zeilinga.

Cheetahs’ 2016 Super Rugby fixtures:

February 26:  Cheetahs v Argentina

March 5:  Cheetahs v Stormers

March 12:  Japan v Cheetahs

March 19:  Lions v Cheetahs

March 26:  Cheetahs v Brumbies

April 2: Bulls v Cheetahs

April 5: Cheetahs v Japan

April 22:  Rebels v Cheetahs

April 30:  Reds v Cheetahs

May 7:  Waratahs v Cheetahs

May 14:  Cheetahs v Kings

May 28:  Stormers v Cheetahs

July 2:  Cheetahs v Force

July 9:  Sharks v Cheetahs

July 16:  Cheetahs v Bulls

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