Dillyn Leyds will start at flyhalf and will captain Western Province in their final Currie Cup pre-season game against Montpellier on Thursday.
Leyds takes the armband from Scarra Ntubeni, who led the team to a 59-14 victory over Narbonne recently. A host of changes have been made ahead of the clash in Millau.
Leyds is partnered at halfback by experienced scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, with Dan Kriel and JJ Engelbrecht in midfield. SP Marais moves to fullback, with Sergeal Petersen and Craig Barry outside him on the wings.
Ramone Samuels has been backed at hooker, with props Michael Kumbirai and Ali Vermaak either side of him. In the second row, JD Schickerling replaces Ernst van Rhyn while Kobus van Dyk comes in for Johan du Toit in the loose trio.
WP will be up against a Montpellier squad that includes the likes of Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis as well as Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen.
Western Province – 15 SP Marais, 14 Craig Barry, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Dillyn Leyds (c), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Chad Solomon, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Josh Stander, 24 Paul de Wet, 25 Dan du Plessis, 26 Duncan Saal.
Montpellier squad – Bismarck du Plessis, Romain Ruffenach, Levan Chilachava, Jannie du Plessis, Grégory Fichten, Antoine Guillamon, Mohamed Haouas, Mikheil Nariashvili, Yvan Watremez, Jacques du Plessis, Nico Janse van Rensburg, Julien Le Devedec, Konstantin Mikautadze, Paul Willemse, Julien Bardy, Yacouba Camara, Martin Devergie, Kélian Galletier, Kévin Kornath, Wiaan Liebenberg, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Valentin Paget, Louis Picamoles, Benoît Paillaugue, Ruan Pienaar, Enzo Sanga, Julien Tomas, Aaron Cruden, Thomas Darmon, Alexandre Dumoulin, Guillaume Galletier, Joris Jurand, Vincent Martin, Yvan Reilhac, Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn, Nemani Nadolo, Timoci Nagusa, Gabriel N’Gandebe, Benjamin Fall, Johan Goosen, Henry Immelman.
Photo: Carl Fourie/ Gallo Images