Key Bok duo given extended break from Stormers activity

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Herschel Jantjies (Gallo Images)
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Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies have been given extended time off from Stormers activities following a heavily laden Test calendar with the national side.

Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman on Tuesday said that although players like fullback Damian Willemse and locks Salmaan Moerat and Marvin Orie had slotted back into training last week already, Kitshoff and Jantjies were still on a break.

The two players were key members of Springbok match-day squads across a calendar year that included the British & Irish Lions tour, the Rugby Championship and the recently concluded end of year tour.

When asked when the two players will be back in the mix, Snyman said:

That will be after Christmas; they needed a bit of a break, so they are recharging at the moment.

Snyman said the pair have been in a number of bio-bubbles so, "they are spending time with their families".

The assistant coach added that when the Stormers start playing again in the New Year, "they will be in the squad and preparing with us".

Cape Town Stadium will play host to the Stormers and the Lions on Saturday as a stopgap measure following the postponement of fixtures against overseas opposition in the United Rugby Championship.

This after the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in South Africa.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00.

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