Blue Bulls hooker Gary Botha has been named captain for the compulsory friendly against the EP Elephants in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Bulls have been hard hit, with no fewer than 11 players unavailable due to Springbok call-ups. Botha and Werner Kruger are all that remains of their first-choice tight five, although in Jaco Engels, Fudge Mabetha and Wilhelm Steenkamp they have reserves with plenty of Currie Cup experience to call on. Lock Juandre Kruger, who has spent the last two years playing for Northampton in the Guiness Premiership, will make his return off the bench.
Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Jaco van der Westhuyzen are at flyhalf and fullback respectively and will add much-needed experience to an otherwise young backline.
Bulls team: Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Vainon Willis, Stephan Dippenaar, Stefan Watermeyer, Hayden Groepes, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Ruan Snyman, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Derick Kuün, Okkie Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Fudge Mabeta, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (capt), Jaco Engels. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Bees Roux, Jeandré Kruger, CJ Stander, Danie Faasen, Francois Brummer, Clayton Blommetjies.Tweet