Stormers jet off on tour

The Stormers will land in New Zealand later today as they start their 4-week tour of Australasia.

The Stormers head on tour with one win and one loss under their belts so far in this season's Super Rugby campaign. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The Stormers will touch down in Christchurch, New Zealand, later today ahead of the opening fixture of their tour of Australasia.

First up for the Stormers on their demanding tour will be the seven-time Super Rugby champions, the Canterbury Crusaders.

Allister Coetzee's men will have been boosted by their nail-biting, one-point win over the Hurricanes on Friday, and will hope to capitalise on the Crusaders' poor form that has seen them lose both their opening games.

Stormers lock Manuel Carizza failed to make the touring squad after suffering a back injury against the Hurricanes, while flanker Schalk Burger and new recruit Sailosi Tagicakibau made the trip.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers is aware of the challenge facing his side on what looks to be a very tough tour.

"They'll be hurting after their results, and they're a formidable team at home. We've never won there so it's a great challenge for us. We're really looking forward to a tough four-week tour."

Coetzee has looked to his side's previous experiences on tour to ensure that his side is thoroughly prepared for the next four weeks.

"It's a big tour, but we've learned from the past and there are a few things that we will tweak. The big thing is that we need to be up for a physical battle against the Crusaders."