Cheetahs wing Sergeal Petersen will be sidelined for between six and eight weeks after breaking his jaw against the Bulls.
Piet van Zyl grabbed a brace as the Vodacom Bulls defeated the Cheetahs 30-13 in their first pre-season match in Polokwane on Saturday.
The Cheetahs could struggle again in this year's tournament after a mass exodus of players.
Trevor Nyakane and Lappies Labuschagne will start for the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday, with Joe Pietersen at flyhalf for the Cheetahs.
Heinrich Brüssow is set to be named Cheetahs captain when he returns to Bloemfontein from Japan.
Joe Pietersen is poised to take over the No 10 jersey for the start of the Cheetahs' Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
The Cheetahs will face the Stormers in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Cape Town on 30 January.
The Vodacom Bulls will play the Cheetahs in a pre-season friendly at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 24 January.
Sarel Pretorius claimed three awards, including Super Rugby Player of the Year, at the Free State Cheetahs' end-of-year awards ceremony.
The new Cheetahs Vodacom Super Rugby home jersey will be predominantly orange, with a turquoise away jersey.
Boom Prinsloo will miss the start of the Super Rugby season after undergoing surgery for a groin injury.
The Golden Lions secured a home semi-final and ended the Free State Cheetahs' play-off hopes with a 47-7 win at Ellis Park, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
The Sharks will continue to build momentum with a win over Western Province at Newlands on Saturday, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
Trevor Nyakane, Lood de Jager and Oupa Mohoje will start for the Free State Cheetahs against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
A late Kobus van Wyk try lifted Western Province to a 34-29 victory over the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
Vodacom Super Rugby in its current format offers nothing to be excited about and the expanded version in 2016 will do nothing to invigorate a waning brand, writes RYAN VREDE.
You can't blame Wales for selecting New Zealand-born flyhalf Gareth Anscombe, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
Jaque Fourie and Frans Steyn must go to the World Cup, writes MARK KEOHANE in SA Rugby magazine.
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