• Bok trio on Bulls bench

    Pierre Spies, Handré Pollard and Marcel van der Merwe have been named on the bench for the Vodacom Bulls' pre-season match against Saracens in London on Saturday.

    It will be Spies's first appearance for the Pretoria franchise in almost two years, following two consecutive long-term injuries, while Pollard and Van der Merwe have recovered from foot and knee injuries respectively.

    Trevor Nyakane will make his first start for the Bulls having missed the match against his former Cheetahs teammates in Polokwane due to a back spasm.

    The match will be televised on SuperSport 1 from 5pm.

    Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
    Subs: Jesse Kriel, William Small-Smith, Handré Pollard, Piet van Zyl, Pierre Spies, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Morne Mellett, Marcel van der Merwe, Jaco Visagie, Duncan Matthews.

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