Springbok tourist Heini Adams will make a rare Super 14 start, when the Bulls take on the Lions in a Round 11 match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Rugby 365 reports that it will be his first start in the competition this year.
Adams, who played in two midweek games on the Boks’ year-end tour in 2009, replaces Bok veteran Fourie du Preez – who is rested and will make a contribution from the bench if needed.
Springbok utility Jaco Pretorius is also back from injury and will combine with Wynand Olivier in the midfield in the only other change to the starting XV.
Pretorius, who fractured an eye socket against the Blues in Week Eight, replaces Stephan Dippenaar, who played against the Chiefs and Reds.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said that Du Preez has a “shoulder niggle” and this has contributed to the decision to “rest him” on the bench.
“This is an ideal opportunity to use the squad system,” Ludeke told rugby365.com.
“It is also a great opportunity for Heini, who is a quality player and a Springbok. We are looking forward to see him produce a top class performance,” he added.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Deon Stegmann, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.