Griquas will field a novice midfield combination when they open their Currie Cup campaign against their neighbours, the Free State Cheetahs, in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Griquas coach Dawie Theron, who set his Vodacom Cup-winning team the goal of a top-five finish in South Africa’s premier domestic competition, named Wilmaure Louw and Barry Geel as the centre combination to face the season Cheetahs duo of Meyer Bosman and Corné Uys.
Geel has Currie Cup experience, but Louw will be making his Currie Cup debut.
They come in for the injured Hanno Coetzee and Richard Lawson, who were the Kimberley-based team’s regular centre pairing in the latter stages of their successful Vodacom Cup campaign.
Theron also named Heinrich Stride at No.8 in a loose forward combination that features Devon Raubenheimer and Jonathan Mokuena, normally a No.8, on the flanks.
Mokuena is the Griquas captain.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Egon Seconds, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Heinrich Stride, 7 Devon Raubenheimer, 6 Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Andries Kruger, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Sean Plaatjies, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Dougie Helmuth, 21 Jaco Bekker, 22 Gavin Passens.