Regular captain and flanker Deon Stegmann is back in the Blue Bulls’ starting XV to face the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Stegmann missed last weekend’s defeat to the Sharks due to suspension, but will again wear the number six jersey, and captain the Pretoria-based outfit in place of Wian Liebenberg and Jono Ross respectively.
Liebenberg moves to the bench in one of six changes to the starting team. At the back, Ulrich Beyers replaces Jesse Kriel, who is also amongst the replacements.
Stalwart Akona Ndungane is back at right wing, with Sampie Mastriet moving to left wing in place of Bjorn Basson.
In the midfield, JJ Engelbrecht replaces the injured William Small-Smith and Piet van Zyl rotates with Rudy Paige, with the latter starting off the bench.
In the other change in the pack, Bongi Mbonambi will start, with Callie Visagie on the bench.
Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morne Mellet, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21Tian Schoeman, 22 Jesse Kriel.
Date: Friday, September 26
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Francois Pretorius
TMO: Willie Vos