Scrum-half Cobus Reinach will make his first start in this year's Currie Cup when the Sharks face the Blue Bulls on Saturday.
Reinach enjoyed a strong start to the Super Rugby season but saw his campaign cut short by injury. Since his return to fitness he has been forced to content with a place among the reserves, with Charl McLeod in fine form. However, the 23-year-old will now have a chance to impress from the outset. Should McLeod make it onto the park he will notch up his 50th Currie Cup cap.
Elsewhere in the back-line, Odwa Ndungane has recovered from a hamstring injury and replaces Sizo Maseko who drops out of the matchday 22.
Among the forwards, Craig Burden comes in for Kyle Cooper at hooker while Peet Marais gets a run in the second row at the expense of Edwin Hewitt.
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder
Date: Saturday, August 31
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees:Quinton Immelman, Reuben Rossouw
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman