Derick Kuun will celebrate his 50th super rugby cap for the Vodacom Bulls in style after being included in the starting line up for his side’s clash against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.
Kuun replaces Deon Stegmann in the No.6 jersey in the only change from the side that beat the Chiefs in Hamilton last weekend.
The 25-year-old flanker missed that match due to an ankle strain but is fit again and will become the 10th Bulls player to achieve this milestone.
Stegmann was named on the bench.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke indicated his rotational policy came into play with this decision and added it was easy to do so, due to the excellent work by his medical staff.
“The fact we can pick almost the same team week after week is testimony to the great work the medical staff is doing. There are almost no niggles to speak of and that makes it so much easier to manage the group,” Ludeke said.
Pedrie Wannenburg is still bracketed with Jaco Engels on the bench though, as the veteran loose forward is struggling with a calf strain.
Ludeke believes Wannenburg will be fit to play in his 107th match, with Engels probably watching the game from the stands.
John Mametsa’s inclusion will be determined by the way he slots in with the team during their training session on Wednesday, where he will join them for the first time.
The team (with caps)
Zane Kirchner (34), Gerhard van den Heever (12), Stephan Dippenaar (8), Wynand Olivier (65), Francois Hougaard (11), Morne Steyn (67), Fourie du Preez (93), Pierre Spies (50), Dewald Potgieter (25), Derick Kuun (49), Victor Matfield (103, captain), Danie Rossouw (96), Werner Kruger (36), Gary Botha (67), Gurthro Steenkamp (60).
Bandise Maku (15), Bees Roux (24), Flip van der Merwe (14), Deon Stegmann (33), Heini Adams (33)/John Mametsa (5), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (25), Pedrie Wannenburg (106)/Jaco Engels (39)
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