Rookie centre to start for Cheetahs

Date published: March 31 2016

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Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made just one change to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash with the Bulls in Pretoria.

Nico Lee is set to make his Super Rugby debut at inside centre as a replacement for Joubert Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht injured his upper arm during last weekend's defeat to the Brumbies in Bloemfontein.

22-year-old Lee, who hails from Pretoria, has represented the Free State Cheetahs at U19 and U21 level and also in the Vodacom Cup competition.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Segeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Johan Coetzee, Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga

Date: Saturday, April 2
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19:45 local (17:45 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Shuhei Kubo, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos

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