Fresh blood for the Cheetahs
Cheetahs Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske on Tuesday named 11 new players in the 50-man preliminary squad for next season's Super Rugby competition.
The squad consisted of 32 players from the Free State Cheetahs, 17 from Griquas and one from the Griffons.
The new squad members were props Caylib Ooshuizen (Lions) and Rossouw de Klerk (Bulls), hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld (Pumas), lock Lodewyk de Jager (Leopards), loose forward Tertius Daniller (Western Province), fly-half Elgar Watts (Boland), centres Joubert Engelbrecht (Leopards) and Johann Sadie (Bulls) as well as SA sevens player Cornal Hendricks (Boland).
Six of the squad were currently injured, with lock Andries Ferreira, Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen, Johan Goosen and Heinrich Brussow, and number eight Lappies Labuschagne out of action.
The Cheetahs play the Lions in Johannesburg on January 26 and the Bulls in Polokwane on February 9.
Centres Robert Ebersohn and Philip Snyman would not be available for the warm-up games due to SA Sevens commitments, while Andries Strauss has signed for the Southern Kings for 2013.
The Cheetahs preliminary squad:
Forwards: Steph Roberts, Caylib Oosthuizen, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Rossouw de Klerk, Ryno Barnes, Adriaan Strauss, Hercu Liebenberg, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ligtoring Landman, Francois Uys, Andries Ferreira, Edwin Hewitt, Martin Muller, Waltie Vermeulen, Lodewyk de Jager, Marnus Schoeman, Lappies Labuschagné, Heinrich Brüssow, Boom Prinsloo, Justin Downey, Davon Raubenheimer, Philip van der Walt, Leon Karemaker, Tertius Daniller.
Backs: Marnus Hugo, Sarel Pretorius, Pieter van Zyl, Tewis de Bruyn, Johan Goosen, Francois Brummer, Hansie Graaff, Elgar Watts, Barry Geel, Robert Ebersohn, Joubert Engelbrecht, Jean Stemmet, Johann Sadie, JP Nel, Rocco Jansen, Raymond Rhule, Cornal Hendricks, Jannie Boshoff, Dusty Noble, Rayno Benjamin, Nico Scheepers, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller, Riaan Smit.