Ruan Pienaar back in the fray as Cheetahs pick team to face Stormers

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Ruan Pienaar. (Getty Images)
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Veteran Springbok Ruan Pienaar is back for the Cheetahs after being named on the bench for Saturday's preparation series clash against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Pienaar had been sidelined with a knee injury sustained early in last year's Super Rugby Unlocked event.

The 36-year-old, who played 88 Tests for the Springboks, joined the Cheetahs from French outfit Montpellier in 2019. He played mainly at scrumhalf and was instrumental in their Currie Cup triumph that year.

He can also be utilised at flyhalf and is therefore a useful attribute on the bench.

Elsewhere, new recruits Schalk Ferreira (prop) and Rynier Bernardo (lock) are included in the starting XV, while lock Carl Wegner will continue to captain the Cheetahs.

Saturday's match at Cape Town Stadium kicks off at 17:15.

Teams:

Stormers

15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Mnombo Zwelendaba

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Chris Smit, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 George Cronje, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Carl Wegner (captain, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Conrad van Vuuren, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Dries Swanepoel, 23 Rhyno Smith

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