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DHL Stormers Preview: URC Schedule 2023-2024, Odds And How To Watch

DHL Stormers Preview: URC Schedule 2023-2024, Odds And How To Watch

The DHL Stormers are one of the favorites to win the URC Grand Final 2024. Here's what to know about the Cape Town rugby club

Oct 20, 2023 by Joe Harrington
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Since joining the United Rugby Championship in 2021, the DHL Stormers have been one of the best rugby teams playing in Europe. They reached back-to-back URC Grand Finals, won the championship in 2022 and went 12-2-4 in the 2023 regular season. 

And a lot of that has to do with the player the URC deemed the best in the league. 

Steven Kitshoff, the South African star who has helped the Springboks power through in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, was named the best player in the league by the URC. But the Stormers won’t have him again this season. Kitschoff is headed to Northern Ireland to play for Ulster.

However, returning to the Stormers from Racing 92 is fullback Warrick Gelant, another South African national player. 

Even with the roster changes, the Stormers, who will also compete in the Investec Champions Cup, will attempt to return to the URC Grand Final for the third straight year in 2024 and try to win its second URC Championship in three seasons. 

That journey begins at fellow South African club, the Emirates Lions, in Johannesburg during Week 1. 

Here’s what to know about the DHL Stormers in 2023-2024. 

DHL Stormers Rugby Schedule 2023-2024

For more schedule information, times and date changes, visit the DHL Stormers FloRugby page.

  • Week 1: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 2: DHL Stormers vs Scarlets
  • Week 3: Glasgow Warriors vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 4: Benetton Rugby vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 5: Munster Rugby vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 6: Cardiff vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 7: DHL Stormers vs Zebre Parma
  • Week 8: DHL Stormers vs Vodacom Bulls
  • Week 9: DHL Stormers vs Hollywoodbets Sharks
  • Week 10: Hollywoodbets Sharks vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 11: Vodacom Bulls vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 12: DHL Stormers vs Edinburgh Rugby
  • Week 13: DHL Stormers vs Ulster Rugby
  • Week 14: DHL Stormers vs Ospreys Rugby
  • Week 15: DHL Stormers vs Leinster Rugby
  • Week 16: Dragons vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 17: Connacht Rugby vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 18: DHL Stormers vs Emirates Lions

When Are the 2024 United Rugby Championship Quarterfinals?

The URC quarterfinals are June 7-8. Currently there are three games scheduled for June 8 and one on June 7. 

Times are to be announced. 

When Are the 2024 United Rugby Championship Semifinals?

The URC Semifinals are June 15.

Times are to be announced. 

When is the United Rugby Championship Grand Final?

The URC Final is scheduled for June 22. 

DHL Stormers Rugby Odds Of Winning URC Grand Final

The Stormers have the third-best odds to win the URC Grand Final according to most betting sites at 11-to-2. 

Who Is The Best Player For DHL Stormers Rugby? It’s Ben-Jason Dixon

The URC listed the top 100 players entering the 2023-2024 season. While they did have the No. 1 player the last two seasons, the Stormers now have only one player in the top 50, and that’s second row Ben-Jason Dixon. 

Overall, the Stormers have four, including:

  • No. 56 Deon Fourie, back row
  • No. 70 Frans Malherbe, prop
  • No. 87 Ruben van Heerden, second row

New Players On The DHL Stormers Rugby Roster

New signings: Sti Sithole (Emirates Lions), Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), Ben Loader (London Irish), Hendre Stassen (unattached), Courtnall Skosan (Northampton Saints), Warrick Gelant (Racing 92).

Where Are The DHL Stormers Rugby Based?

The DHL Stormers home grounds are in Cape Town, South Africa at DHL Stadium. 

Who Coaches DHL Stormers Rugby? It’s John Dobson

John Dobson has been the head coach of the Stormers since 2019. He had been with Western Province since 2010 before joining the Stormers. 

DHL Stormers Will Compete For The Investec Champions Cup

The Stormers will play in the Investec Champions Cup after finishing in the top-eight of the URC and winning its South African Shield last season. The Stormers reached the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup in 2023 before losing to English club Exeter 42-17.

This year, they will start Round 1 with another English club, Leicester Tigers, on Dec. 10 at 10:15 a.m. EST.

How DHL Stormers Rugby Got Its Name 

Like the three other South African clubs, the name includes a sponsor, in this case DHL, the shipping company. 

In 1997, with the help of Super 12 rule changes that helped create four new provincial clubs, the Western Stormers were created out of the Western Province Rugby Union.  

How To Watch DHL Stormers Rugby 

All of the DHL Stormers matches in URC and Investec Champions Cup play will stream live on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. 

Replays, highlights and archival matches are also available on both platforms. 

How To Watch Rugby Matches In the United States On FloRugby

The URC will stream all its matches on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. FloRugby and FloSports are also the U.S. home to: 

FloRugby is also home to match archives and match replays. 

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