With next season’s Heineken Champions Cup including three South African clubs, we’re going to take you through each squad, picking out some of the players who could star in the competition. Next up we look at the key Stormers forwards, who are taking on ASM Clermont Auvergne and London Irish in Pool B.
The back-row forward was instrumental to Stormers’ United Rugby Championship (URC) triumph last season, starting 17 of their 21 games and scoring six tries, including a crucial score in their 18-13 victory over Bulls in the final.
Roos was the leading player in the competition when it came top carries (261) and was fourth in metres gained (826), as well as winning the fifth-most turnovers (16). At just 22-years-old, he has frightening potential and is likely to light up the Heineken Champions Cup next season.
A versatile forward, Fourie’s experience has been vital for Stormers, and his form last season earned him his first South Africa cap aged 35.
A former Lyon and Grenoble man with 14 appearances in EPCR competitions to his name, he was a menace at the breakdown in the URC in 2021/22, winning more turnovers (28) than any other player.
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The lock is a robust figure in the Stormers rearguard, evidenced by his 160 tackles in the URC last season which put him among the top 15 players in the statistic.
The eight-time South Africa international, who had a brief spell with Ospreys in 2019, also showed he can be a nuisance in the lineout, stealing five opponents’ throws.
The prop helped South Africa to their World Cup win in 2019 and has racked up 61 caps, making him a valuable asset as Stormers gear up for the Heineken Champions Cup debut.
He has previous experience in the competition during his time with Union Bordeaux-Bègles, featuring seven times between 2015 and 2017.
Another World Cup winner in the Stormers front row, Malherbe will be in entering his 11th professional season with Stormers in 2022/23.
The 31-year-old tighthead has 48 South Africa caps and will be looking to demolish opposing scrums in the Heineken Champions Cup.