• Free State call on Blitzboks for opener

    Rosco Speckman, Chris Dry and Cecil Afrika have been named in the Free State Cheetahs' match 23 for their Currie Cup opener against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Friday.

    Head coach Rory Duncan selected a full-strength side comprising of 13 of the Cheetahs regular Super Rugby players.

    Speckman will start on the right wing, while Dry and Afrika will provide cover off the bench.

    Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Speckman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Niel Jordaan, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
    Subs: 16 Ox Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Chris Dry, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 JW Jonker. 22 Cecil Afrika.

    Photo: Isaac Brekken/World Rugby

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    Mariette Adams