Juarno Augustus Photo: World Rugby

CAPE TOWN - Junior star Juarno Augustus will make his Stormers debut against the Sunwolves at Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm).

The World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament will join returning captain Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr in the loose trio with both Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Kobus van Dyk having suffered knee injuries during the week.

Vice-captain Eben Etzebeth is also back in the starting line-up after being rested along with Kolisi last week. Etzebeth will link up with Pieter-Steph du Toit in the second row, with both Chris van Zyl and JD Schickerling included on the bench.

Springbok centre Damian de Allende is also back in the starting XV to form a new midfield partnership with EW Viljoen, while last week's vice-captain Dillyn Leyds moves from wing to fullback in the place of the injured SP Marais. 

Speedster Seabelo Senatla will take his place on the left wing woth Cheslin Kolbe, who scored a hat-trick against the Cheetahs, on the right wing. 

In the front row Bongi Mbonambi is back in the run-on side at hooker alongside JC Janse van Rensburg and Frans Malherbe, while Ramone Samuels moves the bench.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is excited to be playing at Newlands again.

"It has been quite some time since we played in front of our fans Newlands, so the players are determined to make the most of that," Fleck said.

"We want to make a step up in all areas of our game and lift the intensity as much as possible."

Stormers Team

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Juarno Augustus, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Bench: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 JD Schickerling, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.

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