June 13, 2019 / 7:01 PM / 3 months ago

De Allende back to bolster Stormers for crucial Sharks game

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - South Africa v United States of America - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B - Olympic Stadium, London, England - 7/10/15 Damian de Allende celebrates after scoring the first try for South Africa Reuters / Toby Melville

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Springbok centre Damian de Allende has returned to the starting line-up to strengthen the Stormers for Saturday’s crucial final Super Rugby regular season game against the Sharks at Newlands.

De Allende sat out last weekend’s 31-18 victory over the Sunwolves due to South Africa’s plan to rest key players at various points in the season, but has been released to feature against the Durban-based Sharks.

Coach Robbie Fleck is without stalwart forwards Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit for the remainder of the Super Rugby season, while in-form scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, tipped for a place in the Boks’ World Cup squad, is out with a shoulder problem.

He is replaced by Jano Vermaak while fit-again winger Seabelo Senatla returns to the number 14 jersey.

Victory for either the Stormers or Sharks would ensure a quarter-final place as a wildcard entry, though Argentine side the Jaguares have secured top spot in the South African Conference.

Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Ed Osmond

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