Former WP and Bulls centre Johann Sadie will represent his third province in as many years when he starts at outside centre for the Cheetahs this weekend. The central team face the Sharks on Saturday afternoon in their first fixture of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Lodewyk de Jager, starting at lock, is the other debutant in a team that features Johan Goosen at flyhalf and Willie le Roux in the slightly unusual position of right wing. Up front, Trevor Nyakane and Lourens Adriaanse have been handed the propping duties, with Bok Coenie Oosthuizen to be introduced off the bench.
Former Boland pivot Elgar Watts is on the bench and will earn his first Super Rugby cap if he gets on, while former stalwart (and Waratahs player) Sarel Pretorius is benched in favour of Piet van Zyl at scrumhalf.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin.