Bulls coach Frans Ludeke rung the changes for Friday night’s Absa Currie Cup match against the Griquas at Loftus Versfeld.
News 24 reports that Springbok World Cup centre Wayne Julies as well as Heinie Adams return from injury and have been included in the Bulls’ squad.
At lock, former Matie Juandre Kruger starts in place of Danie Rossouw who has been called up to the Springbok squad and Chilliboy Ralepelle takes over from Bandise Maku at hooker.
Scrumhalf JP Joubert has been dropped from the squad and is replaced by Francois Hougaard and Rocco Jansen gets his second Currie Cup start on the left wing with John Mametsa moving to the right. Akona Ndungane, who has an injured hip, was not considered.
Julies, who made his Bok debut in 1999 and has 11 Tests to his credit, has recovered from a knee injury and will partner fellow-Bok Wynand Olivier in the midfield while Adams will be on the bench. Olivier will move to outside centre.
Coach Frans Ludeke said on Tuesday he is especially pleased with the availability of Julies and Adams. “They had been two of the Bulls’ stalwarts before their injuries. It is up to them to seize this opportunity and make the most of it.”
With Olivier at outside centre Marius Delport will be one of three backs on the bench alongside Adams and Burton Francis. Kruger gets the nod because of the injuries to Francois van Schouwenburg (broken thumb) and the Danie Rossouw’s Bok call-up. He will partner Wilhelm Steenkamp in the second row.
Kruger is a lineout specialist who was involved in every single match the Bulls’ Vodacom Cup team played in 2008. He is a former Maties player and played in six games for the WP in 2007.
Team doctor Org Strauss confirmed on Monday that Derick Kuun’s hamstring is still not 100% and he wasn’t considered for the Griquas clash.
Tiger Mangweni; John Mametsa, Wynand Olivier, Wayne Julies, Rocco Jansen; Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard; Pedrie Wannenburg, Wikus van Heerden (capt.), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Juandre Kruger, Rayno Gerber, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques Burger, Heinie Adams, Burton Francis, Marius Delport.