Currie Cup holders Western Province have named three debutants in their starting team to face the Blue Bulls at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Outside centre Pat Howard, left wing Cheslin Kolbe and lock Gerbrandt Grobler will all be starting at Currie Cup level for the first time, whilst on the bench props Alistair Vermaak and Pat Cilliers and utility forward Michael Rhodes will play their first Currie Cup matches for WP.
Howard made three appearances - all from the bench - in last year's Currie Cup, whilst Kolbe, Grobler, Rhodes and Vermaak have all played Vodacom Cup rugby. Cilliers, meanwhile, will make his WP debut after moving in 2013.
Flanker Deon Fourie will captain the team from the six jersey, with Gio Aplon, Gerhard van den Heever, Damian de Allende, Gary van Aswegen, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Nic Groom, Nizaam Carr, Rynhardt Elstadt, Ruan Kitshoff, Rhodes, De Kock Steenkamp, Grobler, Cilliers, Brok Harris, Scarra Ntubeni and Steven Kitshoff, all in the matchday squad.
"We're looking ahead to the 2013 Absa Currie Cup season - it's another great opportunity (for us) to unearth some new talent," coach Allister Coetzee told wprugby.com.
"North-South derbies are always big games and we're not expecting anything different come this weekend. We're excited to be starting our campaign at home and we're hoping to have a big crowd at DHL Newlands."
Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (capt), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Alistair Vermaak, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Ruan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Berton Klaasen.
Date: Saturday, August 10
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Lusanda Jam, Marc van Zyl
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein