Matfield returns for Bulls

Date published: April 9 2014

Veteran lock Victor Matfield will return to the Bulls' starting side for Friday's fixture against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Veteran lock Victor Matfield will return to the Bulls' starting XV for Friday's clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Matfield's inclusion, at the expense of Paul Willemse, who drops to the replacements bench, is one of four changes to the side that lost to the Hurricanes in Napier last weekend.

The other changes are all in the back-row where Jacques du Plessis and Jono Ross take over from injured flankers Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegmann while Grant Hattingh is preferred to Jacques Engelbrecht at number eight.

Engelbrecht is also on the bench while Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe will continue as captain.

The only other change to the matchday squad sees William Small-Smith taking over from Ulrich Beyers as one of the back-line replacements.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (c), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 William Small-Smith, 23 Morné Mellet.

Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium
Date: Friday, April 11
Kick-off: 19.35 local (08:35 BST, 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffman (Australia)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand),Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)