SA Rugby has announced the Super 14 squads for the upcoming season. The British and Irish Lions tour South Africa after the Super 14 which will give the fringe players a chance to be noticed by the selectors and Peter de Villiers.

He said “The national selectors and I will therefore be keeping a close watch on the performances of our teams and, in particular, those of the individual players who will form the nucleus of our squad to face the Lions. As usual, we expect the competition to provide a platform for players on the fringes of Springbok selection to stake their claims. This is an exceptional year for our rugby and we hope to match it with exceptional on-field performances. A tough four months lies ahead and I would like to wish the five SA teams a successful and rewarding Vodacom Super 14″

I predict the order for the South African sides will be:

1. Sharks

2. Stormers

3. Bulls

4. Cheetahs

5. Lions

At some stage the Stormers have to shine and with Rassie at the helm this could be their year, however the sharks have been the outstanding side in recent years, as have the Bulls

The announced squads are:

Vodacom Bulls:

1 Adams H J 2 Botha J P 3 Burger J 4 Delport M 5 Du Preez P F 6 Engels J B 7 Francis B K 8 Gerber R 9 Habana B G 10 Hougaard F 11 Julies V 12 Kirchner Z 13 Kruger W 14 Kuun G W F 15 Maku B G 16 Mangweni S 17 Matfield V 18 Ndungane A Z 19 Nel J P 20 Olivier W 21 Potgieter D J 22 Pretorius J C 23 Ralepelle M C 24 Rossouw D J 25 Spies P J 26 Steenkamp J W A 27 Steenkamp G P 28 Stegman G J 29 Steyn M 30 Wannenburg P J

Vodacom Cheetahs:

1 Basson B A 2 Bosman H M 3 Botha J 4 Breedt N 5 Brussow H 6 Calldo J G 7 Coetzee H 8 Daniller H 9 De Bruyn M J 10 Demas D 11 De Villiers D J 12 Du Preez W H 13 Floors L 14 Fortuin B A 15 Juries F 16 Nokwe J 17 Nontshinga L 18 Potgieter J-L 19 Pretorius S 20 Roux B 21 Scholtz H 22 Smith J 23 Strauss A 24 Strauss R 25 Uys C 26 Van der Merwe F 27 Van Heerden W 28 Van Zyl P 29 Viljoen F 30 Viljoen R

Auto & General Lions:

1 Alberts W S 2 Boshoff J H 3 Clever T S 4 Fourie J 5 Frolick S 6 Goodes B 7 Grobbelaar P J 8 Janse v. Rensburg J C 9 Jonck C 10 Killian M 11 Kotze D 12 Kruger R A 13 La Grange G A 14 Landman R 15 Ludik L 16 Mentz H 17 Marole T 18 Muller G H 19 Noble D C 20 Rose E 21 Sephaka L 22 Siegelaar A C 23 Van der Merwe F 24 Van der Merwe H S 25 Van Dyk H J 26 Van Rensburg A G 27 Van Zyl A 28 Vermaak J 29 Wepener F W 30 Willemse A K

The Sharks:

1 Badenhorst S 2 Blignaut N 3 Botes J 4 Carstens D 5 Cronje R 6 Daniel K 7 Deysel J 8 Downey J 9 Du Pplessis B 10 Du Plessis J 11 Dumond M 12 Hargreaves A 13 Jacobs A 14 Jordaan D 15 Kankowski R 16 Kockott R 17 Mtawarira T 18 Muller J 19 Murray W 20 Ndlovu S 21 Ndungane O 22 Pienaar R 23 Pietersen J P 24 Smit J 25 Steyn R 26 Swanepoel R 27 Sykes S 28 Terblanche S 29 Van den Berg A 30 Vulindlu L

Vodacom Stormers:

1 Bekker A 2 Blaauw W 3 Bobo G 4 Brits S 5 Burger S 6 Chavhanga T 7 Conradie J 8 De Villiers J 9 Des Fountain D 10 Duvenhage D 11 Ferreira S 12 Fondse A 13 Fourie D 14 Grant P 15 Jantjes C 16 Januarie E 17 Koster N 18 Kritzinger J 19 Lobberts F 20 Louw R 21 Moller J D 22 Montgomery P 23 Mujati B 24 Myburgh P 25 Naqelevuki S 26 Newman M 27 Pietersen J 28 Venter A J 29 Vermeulen E 30 Watson L