Flip van der Merwe has served out his suspension and will return to the Vodacom Bulls side – as captain – for this weekend’s Loftus clash with the Brumbies.
Coach Frans Ludeke has made a few controversial selections for this match, with Werner Kruger replacing new Bok squad member Marcel van der Merwe as starting tighthead and veteran Jacques-Louis Potgieter inked in to start at flyhalf ahead of the impressive Handre Polalrd.
Changes on the bench see Paul Willemse – who loses his number 4 jersey to the skipper – picked in number 19 ahead of Wimpie van der Walt, while Ulrich Beyers replaces William Small-Smith in number 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 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Morne Mellett, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handrè Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.