De Villiers starts for WP

Jean de Villiers has been named in the Western Province starting XV for their friendly against the Pumas at Drakenstein Correctional Centre on Saturday.

De Villiers, who made his comeback from injury with a 20-minute cameo against the World XV, is set to get another 40 minutes under the belt as he looks to regain full fitness ahead of the World Cup. He will partnered by Huw Jones in midfield.

Kurt Coleman and Godlen Masimla will start at flyhalf and scrumhalf respectively, while props Ali Vermaak and Wilco Louw complete the front row with hooker Michael Willemse, who is also the stand-in captain.

Former Vodacom Bulls and Toulouse scrumhalf Jano Vermaak will make his WP debut off the bench.

Western Province – 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Tshotsho Mbovane, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Rayn Smid, 7 Josh Katzen, 6 Taps Tsomondo, 5 Jan de Klerk, 4 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Michael Willemse (c), 1 Ali Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Justin Benn, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Jano Vermaak, 23 Ernst Stapelberg, 24 Brandon Thomson, 25 Kyle Lombard, 26 Jarryd Sage.

Photo: Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images

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