Dylan Sage will wear the Vodacom Bulls No 12 jersey against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The former Blitzbok, who came off the bench against the Stormers and Jaguares, gets his first start in a centre partnership with Jesse Kriel.
Eli Snyman also makes a first start for the Pretoria-based franchise, replacing injured captain Lood de Jager in the second row.
Duane Vermeulen will captain the Bulls in De Jager’s absence.
There are a couple of changes on the bench as flank Tim Agaba makes his comeback after an injury-hit 2018, while Divan Rossouw takes the backline spot vacated by Sage.
Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Hanro Liebenburg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Subs: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
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