Flip van der Merwe returns to the fray, in a straight replacement for Victor Matfield as Bulls number 5 and captain this week. His side faces the Hurricanes in their first tour game on Saturday.
It was earlier revealed that Matfield will not play on tour, meaning an important leadership role for van der Merwe, both in general play and in the line-outs.
The only other change to the side that succumbed to a late draw against the Chiefs at Loftus on Saturday sees Jacques Engelbrehct come into the starting line-up in place of Jacques du Plessis. Engelbrecht starts in his favoured number 8 position, with Dewald Potgieter taking over on the blind side from the benched du Plessis.
Jonno Ross is the man to fall out of the match 23.
Vodacom Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Flip van der Merwe (capt), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Reserves: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morne Mellett, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Jacques du Plessis, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.