Bulls without three Boks

The Bulls will take on the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday without Springboks Handré Pollard, Jesse Kriel and Lood de Jager.

Pollard and Kriel have been rested as per SA Rugby's player management policy, while De Jager is out with an injury.

In the absence of Pollard, Tian Schoeman will receive his first start of the season at flyhalf, while Warrick Gelant comes in at fullback.

In the second row, Jason Jenkins will partner RG Snyman at lock, with De Jager falling out of the match 23 due to a quad strain.

Finally, flank Jannes Kirsten will start in place of the injured Ruan Steenkamp, while Hanro Liebenberg returns at No 8 in place of the injured Arno Botha.

Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Lizo Gqoboko.
Subs: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jaco Visagie/Hendré Stassen, 20 Jacques Potgieter, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.

Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

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Craig Lewis