European Professional Club Rugby | Five Stormers defenders to watch in the Champions Cup

While the 2022/2023 Champions Cup campaign will include three South African clubs, we will introduce you to each team, showing some players who could compete in the competition. Today we focus on the key men in the Stormers three-quarter line, who will face ASM Clermont Auvergne and London Irish in Pool B of the Champions Cup.

Libbok Mania

The Stormers flyhalf was the United Rugby Championship’s (URC) leading points scorer last season as the South African outfit were crowned with 171 points in 20 games. The 25-year-old scored three tries and ranked eighth in crossings (14), while also being among the top 20 players in yards gained (640).

Leolin Zas

The winger was URC’s co-leading try scorer last season (11 tries in just 12 games). The 26-year-old also proved elusive with the ball in hand, making it into the top three players in the franchise standings (21). So he could be a real threat to Champions Cup defenses next season.

Damien Willemse

Capable of playing as a fly-half, full-back or centre-back, Willemse appeared 15 times in the URC last season and his dazzling footwork captured attention on several occasions. The 24-year-old has scored three tries and is among the top 10 players for passes after contact (26), yards gained (780) and runs (152).

Senate of Seabalo

The lightning-fast winger is a former Sevens player, a competition where he won several titles with the South African team, including a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics. The 29-year-old Senatla scored nine tries in 17 games in the URC last season and a ball in hand quality by determining among the 20 best players for crossings (14), gained meters (670) and passes after contact (17).

Ruhan Nel

Nel, 31, is also a former Sevens player. He was a key center forward for the Stormers last season, starting 19 URC games on five tries. His 14 franchises, the eighth best record in the competition, symbolized his ability to break down defenses, while being precious in the rucks with 8 turnover balls recovered.

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