Inside centre Herkie Kruger and eighthman Heinrich Stride return to the GriquaS team to face the Falcons in their Currie Cup fixture to be played at Absa Park, Kimberley on Saturday.
To allow for local spectators to first watch the South Africa versus Australia Tri-Nations match in Durban, the kick-off for the game in Kimberley has been moved back to 17:00.
Kruger returns after an injury-enforced break while Stride was rested for last Friday night’s match against the Blue Bulls. Also returning to the home team’s starting line-up for this “must-win” match for the home team are the halfback combination of flyhalf Conrad Barnard and scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and lock Brendon Snyman who replaces Cilliers Coetzer who is continuing his rugby-playing career in France.
Stride’s return means skipper Gareth Krause will play his 91st match for Griquas once again wearing the number six flank jersey.
With rightwing Gavin Passens having sustained a knee injury, Bjorn Basson has been moved from full-back to replace him with Riaan Viljoen moving from the mid-field to once again wear the number 15 jersey.
After a lengthy injury lay-off centre Barry Geel makes a welcome return having been named among the replacements.
Riaan Viljoen, Bjorn Basson, Lafras Uys, Herkie Kruger, MJ Mentz, Conrad Barnard, Sarel Pretorius, Heinrich Stride, Stephan Gerber, Gareth Krause (captain), Brendon Snyman, Wayne van Heerden, Ruaan du Preez, Hans van Dyk and Albertus Buckle.
James van der Walt, Bees Roux, Jacques Lombaard, Rohan Kitshoff, Dougie Helmuth, Barry Geel and Egon Seconds.Tweet