Frans Ludeke has named his Bulls side to face the Rebels in their first tour match, with two first-choice forwards returning to the fray after missing out against the Brumbies due to injury.
Dean Greyling comes in at loosehead prop, displacing former Puma Dawie Steyn for the Melbourne clash, which kicks off just before 11 on Friday morning. In the other change to the starting pack, Bok lock Flip van der Merwe comes in for Wilhelm Steenkamp, with Juandre Kruger moving from 4 to 5 as a result.
The backline is unchanged, with JJ Engelbrecht preferred at centre to star signing Johann Sadie for a third week.
On the bench, Willie Wepener has recovered from his weird viral thing and takes over from Bongi Mbonambi, while Steenkamp’s demotion sees Gerrit-Jan van Velze drop out – although this was to be expected since the latter is not even in the tour party! Ludeke has opted not to bring Deon Stegmann in just yet, even though the player is now available for selection.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Johann Sadie.