Bok prop Trevor Nyakane has returned to the Blue Bulls’ starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Golden Lions at Loftus.
Coach Pote Human has made one change to his backline, with JT Jackson replacing Jesse Kriel, who has returned to the wider Springbok squad. As a result, Johnny Kotze shifts to outside centre with Jackson starting at No 12.
There are three changes to the pack, where Nyakane replaces Conrad van Vuuren, lock Eli Snyman trades places with Ruan Nortjé and Thembelani Bholi makes way for Jano Venter at blindside flank.
Springbok scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl and wing Duncan Matthews will make their returns via the bench, while Tinus de Beer has been included as a substitute ahead of Tony Jantjies.
Blue Bulls – 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 JT Jackson, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 André Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Jano Venter, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hendré Stassen, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Matthys Basson.
Subs: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Conrad van Vuuren, 18 Ruan Nortjé, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 Duncan Matthews.
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