Pat Howard has replaced Seabelo Senatla on Western Province's left wing in one of four changes for their match against the EP Kings at Newlands on Friday.
Senatla’s absence, due to an ankle injury, is the only injury-enforced change, with scrumhalf Louis Schreuder, No 5 lock Ruan Botha (in his first-ever Currie Cup start for WP) and tighthead prop Brok Harris all earning their first starts of 2014, along with Howard.
WP U21 utility back and SA Sevens star Justin Geduld has been named on the bench, in what would be his first senior cap, while prop Pat Cilliers, lock Manuel Carizza and scrumhalf Nic Groom will all start on the bench.
'Obviously we had to replace Seabelo, but the likes of Brok, Ruan and Louis will all come in with minimal disruption and Justin Geduld’s addition is an exciting one – given that he is able to cover so many positions from the bench,' said coach Allister Coetzee.
Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Manuel Carizza, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Justin Geduld.
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