There will not be one Stormers supporter that would not be worried for their side going into the URC this month. The Stormers / Western Province have had as much problems on the field as in their boardroom the last couple of years and that has play it’s part in the performances of the team.
Stormers head coach Dobson has selected his 33-man squad to tour Europe also with some loan players coming into the group.
Dobson has gone with a co-captain system for this tour and picked Salmaan Moerat and Ernst Van Rhyn to lead the team with their regular captain Steven Kitshoff on tour with the Boks.
They will take on Benetton, Munster, Edinburgh and the Dragons on in their four match tour.
Dobson knows that this will be a challenging tour for his team who has shown some good things in the Currie Cup but they inconstancy has been the biggest problem.
Playing in Europe test your squad week-in and week-out so their is not time for letting your guard down when they start their tour in Italy this weekend.
Dobson have some quality players in his squad the problem has just been that they did not play as a team throughout the season and sometimes looked like a team with no plan, waiting for turnovers to score points.
Dobson was able to get the services of Junior Pokomela, Willie Engelbrecht and Stefan Ungerer on loan.They will play a crucial part in the Stormers setup and fans will hope that they fit in quickly.
Pokomela is a former SA Schools and Junior Springbok loose forward, who has played for the Toyota Cheetahs for the last four years.
Engelbrecht joins the Stormers again from the New Nation Pumas. Engelbrecht is a powerful loose forward, while Ungerer is a seasoned scrumhalf with both Vodacom Super Rugby and Guinness PRO14 experience.
Engelbrecht is a powerful loose forward, while Ungerer is a seasoned scrumhalf with both Vodacom Super Rugby and Guinness PRO14 experience.
Dobson also secured the service of Manie Libbok and Adre Smith who both signed a three year deal with WPPR. Dobson also signed a short term deal with Brok Harris.
Libbok is a talented player and one always had the feeling he just need the right team to get the best out of his abilities, just maybe the Stormers will fit that bill for the young man.
Smith on the other hand is a strong physical second row powerhouse who will add some much needed power to the tight five.
Here is your DHL Stormers touring squad
Forwards: Justin Basson, Dian Bleuler, Kwenzo Blose, Willie Engelbrecht, Neethling Fouche, Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, JJ Kotze, Leon Lyons, Salmaan Moerat (co-captain), Scarra Ntubeni, Junior Pokomela, Evan Roos, Sazi Sandi, Adre Smith, Marcel Theunissen, Ernst van Rhyn (co-captain), Andre-Hugo Venter, Nama Xaba.
Backs: Juan de Jongh, Paul de Wet, Dan du Plessis, Warrick Gelant, Tristan Leyds, Manie Libbok, Godlen Masimla, Ruhan Nel, Sergeal Petersen, Rikus Pretorius, Tim Swiel, Stefan Ungerer, Edwill van der Merwe, Leolin Zas.