Stormers coach hints at eye-catching midfield combos for new season

SPOTLIGHT: Stormers head coach John Dobson is hoping Alapati Leiua will help him solve some midfield puzzles in the 2022/2023 season.

The Samoan international has been brought in to bolster the depth in the squad.

However, more importantly, the 33-year-old is there to help nurture some of the younger midfielders in the squad.

With Ruhan Nel and Juan de Jong injured and Rikus Pretorius moving to Japan, Dobson will have some interesting choices to make in the midfield.

The opening rounds of the new United Rugby Championship will be used to test combinations, but the Stormers coach has hinted at a combination he would like to see in the long term.

"We actually started the conversations with Alapati before we had the injuries to Ruhan and Juan," said Dobson. "It was purely because of his playing ability.

"We were also struggling a bit with Dan du Plessis's concussion.

"What we are really excited about this season is our crop of youngsters. Somebody called it a 'golden generation' and two of them are potentially Sacha [Mngomezulu] at No.12 and Damian [Willemse] at No.13.

"To learn from Alapati would be great for them.

"Cape Town wants to see people who can offload and there are not many better than him.

"It fits our game model and then we got a specific brief to help bring these youngsters through and we are excited about that."

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