Once touted as a future Springbok great, Jaco Taute has failed to live up to the hype as yet.
Having made his international debut on the outside of Jean de Villiers in the 31-8 walloping of the Wallabies at Loftus as a 21-year-old back in 2012, Taute only added two more Test caps to his name.
While he has been playing in the midfield over the past few years, it was as a fullback that Taute initially made his breakthrough while playing for the Lions.
So when the Stormers take the field against the Rebels at 11.45am tomorrow, Taute will be wearing the No.15 jumper in his first Super Rugby match of the season.
With Cheslin Kolbe now on Sevens duty, coach Robbie Fleck explains his decision to select Taute at the back of the line as follows: “Fullback has been a concern for a while now.
“We knew Cheslin was leaving… and we had to dig deep.
“There are youngsters coming through [the system] like Grant Hermanus and EW Viljoen.
“But we were looking for experience – we need a bit of leadership, motivation and confidence [at the back of the line].
“Jaco’s communication was key [in the decision to start with him].”
Fleck has opted for only two backline players on his bench, Louis Schreuder and Scott van Breda.
And while he doesn’t want to reveal his exact plans, he hints that he has something special in store for the Rebels.
Fleck explains: “I don’t want to give too much away [in terms of the bench selection].
“They are an allround side and they’ve got some decent ball carriers.
“[But] it’s not just going to be a physical battle – there are a few other reasons for the six-two split.”
Meanwhile, Sikhumbuzo Notshe is the looseforward to miss out in the starting XV, with Schalk Burger leading the team from No.8 and combining with Siya Kolisi at openside and Nizaam Carr.