Super Rugby

Van den Heever starts against Stormers

Cape Town - Former Stormers wing Gerhard van den Heever will start against his former team when the Sunwolves visit Newlands on Saturday.

Van den Heever, who played for the Stormers in 2012 and 2013, has been a standout player for the Sunwolves this season.

There are five changes to the Sunwolves team that lost 42-19 at home to the Brumbies last weekend.

Four of those five changes are up front as captain and Dan Pryor misses out and is replaced by Shuhei Matsuhashi at No 7, while Ryota Hasegawa also comes into the loose trio for Yoshitaka Tokunaga.

There are also two changes to the front row as Conan O’Donnell and Jaba Bregvadze both come off the bench to start in place of Takuma Asahara and Nathan Vella respectively.

The only change to the backline sees Josh Timu replace Jason Emery at outside centre.

Saturday's clash at Newlands is scheduled for 17:15.

Teams:

Stormers

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Josh Stander, 23 EW Viljoen

Sunwolves

15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13 Josh Timu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Ryota Hasegawa, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Conan O’Donnell, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Alex Woonton

Substitutes: 16 Takuya Kitade, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Masakatsu Nishikawa, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Timothy Lafaele, 23 Akihito Yamada

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