Blue Bulls number eight Jono Ross takes over the reins from suspended skipper Deon Stegmann for Saturday's clash with the Sharks.
Blue Bulls number eight Jono Ross takes over the reins from suspended skipper Deon Stegmann for Saturday's clash with the Sharks in Pretoria.
Ross was the Blue Bulls' regular skipper in 2013 and will lead a team that includes four new faces in Wiaan Liebenberg, Callie Visagie, Sampie Mastriet and Rudy Paige from the starting line-up that beat the EP Kings last weekend.
Liebenberg comes in for Stegmann, a fit-again Visagie replaces Bongi Mbonambi and Mastriet comes in for Akona Ndungane on the wing. Paige is promoted from the bench, swapping places with Piet van Zyl while Mbonambi edges out Bandise Maku on the bench.
Jesse Kriel (for Ryan Nell) has been included amongst the replacements, having recovered from an ankle injury, as is MornÃ¨ Mellett (for Basil Short), back after knee rehabilitation.
Tian Schoeman replaces Tony Jantjies as back-up fly-half in a final selection switchh.
Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers,14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 MornÃ© Mellett, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jesse Kriel.
Date: Saturday, September 20
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff