Blitzboks boost Province

Cheslin Kolbe and Werner Kok have been named in Western Province's starting XV for Saturday's match against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Kolbe, who was on the bench last week, replaces Jaco Taute at fullback. Kok will make his Western Province debut on the right wing in place of Kobus van Wyk. The only other backline change sees Dan du Plessis return from injury to reclaim the No 12 jersey, with Huw Jones shifting to outside centre and Johnny Kotze dropping out of the match 22.

In the forward pack Jurie van Vuuren starts at openside flank, JD Schickerling returns from illness at No 4 lock and Alistair Vermaak makes way for JC Janse van Rensburg to earn his first start of the season at loosehead prop.

Hooker Neil Rautenbach, prop Oli Kebble and loose forward Stefan Willemse are the new additions to the bench. Willemse will make his debut if he is used.

Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Robert du Preez.

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Mariette Adams