Oupa Mohoje will start on the bench for the Cheetahs against the Blue Bulls after being left out of the Springbok World Cup squad.
While Cornal Hendricks was not considered for the clash, Free State coach Franco Smith has decided to name Mohoje on the bench for Friday's clash with the high-flying Bulls.
Smith has made just one change from the team that beat Western Province last time out, with Elandre Huggett coming in at hooker for Jacques du Toit.
The teams have already met once this season, with the Blue Bulls thrashing their opponents 57-19 on the opening day of the season.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 BG Uys
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Reniel Hugo, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21, Ruan van Rensburg, 22 Sias Ebersohn
Date: Friday, September 4
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Francois Pretorius, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Willie Vos