After a good break over the festive season the Cheetahs are back to work preparing for their clash with Zebre this Saturday.

Wing Rabz Maxwane has recovered from injury and will form part of the 25-man squad.

Due to a leg injury, the competition’s tied top try-scorer missed the Cheetahs’ last match against Connacht on 1 December. Twenty-year-old wing Darren Adonis took Maxwane’s place in the starting XV for that game, which the Cheetahs lost 21-17.

Springbok Rudi Paige has also been included to the touring group with Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter.

Cheetahs squad:  

Forwards: Ox Nche, Luan de Bruin, Aranos Coetzee, Charles Marais, Joseph Dweba, Marnus van der Merwe, Reinach Venter, JP du Preez, Sintu Manjezi, Walt Steenkamp, Justin Basson, Gerhard Olivier, Junior Pokomela, Abongile Nonkontwana, Daniel Maartens.

Backs: Tian Meyer, Shaun Venter, Rudy Paige, Tian Schoeman, Louis Fouche, Nico Lee, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Rabz Maxwane, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer.