Five Springboks in Stormers side to host Edinburgh

Frans Malherbe and Mannie Libbok
Malherbe and Libbok won the World Cup with South Africa last summer

The Stormers have named five South African internationals in their team to take on Edinburgh in Cape Town on Saturday.

Tighthead prop Frans Malherbe packs down with captain Salmaan Moerat behind him in the second row, while Evan Roos starts at number eight. Mannie Libbok is the fly-half, with Damien Willemse named at full-back.

There are a further three Springboks on the bench - loosehead Lizo Gqoboka, hooker Joseph Dweba, and scrum-half Herschel Jantjies.

The side also includes 39-year-old Brok Harris, who will scrum against 37-year-old WP Nel, and a few players who were recently called up to a South African training camp - Andre-Hugo Venter, Ruben van Heerden, Neethling Fouche, and 20-year-old Suleiman Hartezenberg.

Outside centre Wandisile Simelane makes his debut after joining from the Bulls in January. The 26-year-old was considered a prodigy as a youngster and called up the Boks squad to face the Lions in 2021, but his star has faded since.

Stormers: Willemse, Hartzenberg, Simelane, Du Plessis, Zas, Libbok, De Wet; Harris, Venter, Malherbe, Moerat (c), Van Heerden, Xaba, Dixon, Roos.

Replacements: Dweba, Gqoboka, Fouche, Evans, Dayimani, Jenatjies, Matthee, Loader.