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New Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat: ‘This is an honour I will not take for granted’

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Springbok Salmaan Moerat has been appointed as the new captain of the Stormers following Steven Kitshoff’s departure.

Salmaan Moerat has been appointed as the Stormers’ new captain for the upcoming season. Picture: RyanWilkisky, BackpagePix

Springbok Salmaan Moerat was on Thursday announced as the Stormers’ regular captain for the new United Rugby Championship and Champions Cup season.

Moerat, who missed much of last season due to injury, replaces Steven Kitshoff, who will turn out in the colours on Irish side Ulster.

“It is a huge honour to captain the DHL Stormers and certainly not something that I will take for granted,” the Springbok lock said on Thursday.

“I know how much this team means to the people who support us and I’ll be doing everything I can to continue making them proud of us.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back to full fitness and putting in the hard work in pre-season with the rest of the team. We have a lot to be excited about and I know the motivation levels among the squad are at an all-time high,” he said.

According to Stormers coach John Dobson, Moerat was the obvious choise to take over the captaincy from the departing Kitshoff.

“Salmaan is a fantastic rugby player, a proven leader and most importantly a top human being who embodies what we want our team to be about.

“He and his family are part of the proud rugby heritage of the region and I know that the team will be in safe hands on the pitch with him at the helm.”

The new URC season kicks off on October 21, and the Stormers will begin their campaign at Ellis Park when they take on the Lions.

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