The inclusion of Rosko Specman is one of four changes to the Cheetahs side for Wednesday’s Currie Cup encounter against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
Specman has returned to full fitness after an extended period on the sidelines due to injury and has been fast-tracked straight into the starting XV in place of Craig Barry at right wing.
In the only other change to the backline, Siyabonga Masuku starts at flyhalf at the expense of Chris Smit.
Up front, Andisa Ntsila has been brought in at blindside flank, with Aidon Davis switching from the side of the scrum to No 4 lock in the absence of the injured Rynier Bernardo. And, in the final personnel swap, Louis van der Westhuizen takes over at hooker from Marnus van der Merwe.
Reinhardt Fortuin is the only new addition to the bench.
Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 Siyabonga Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar (c), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Aidon Davis, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Subs: 16 Janus Venter, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Sergio Moreira, 20 Jeandre Rudolph, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Robert Ebersohn.