Bulls welcome back Boks

The Vodacom Blue Bulls have made six changes to the team for their Absa Currie Cup clash against the Lions this weekend.

The changes strengthen the Bulls tremendously and after escaping with a narrow two-point win over the Falcons they will be hoping this team can do a better job.

With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the composition of the Springbok squad, Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has dropped right wing Akona Ndungane. His place is taken by Trompie Nontshinga.

Four other changes and a positional switch were announced on Wednesday. Returning Springboks, Gary Botha and Pedrie Wannenburg will play hooker and No 8 respectively, while Marius Delport starts ahead of Sevens star Danwell Demas at left wing.

Baby Bok stars, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Pierre Spies have also not been included due to the doubt involved in whether they will be included in White’s Tri-Nations squad.

Ndungane has also been withdrawn due to his impending selection for the Springboks, but it could prove a double blow if he misses out on that too as the Bok selection committee have hardly made up their minds yet.

Scrumhalf Heini Adams retains his place after suffering a rib injury against the Valke and although in some discomfort is expected to be fine by Saturday.

Frikkie Welsh – mentioned by keo.co.za as a possible Bok selection – was nevertheless included as captain for the second game running, but switches centre positions with JP Nel.

The only other change sees Warren Brosnihan get his first start for the Bulls this year in the No 6 jersey instead of Derick Kuun.

Blue Bulls team v Lions:

15 Stefan Basson
14 Trompie Nontshinga
13 JP Nel
12 Frikkie Welsh (captain)
11 Marius Delport
10 Morne Steyn
9 Heini Adams
8 Pedrie Wannenburg
7 Tim Dlulane
6 Warren Brosnihan
5 Francois van Schouwenburg
4 Adriaan Fondse
3 Rayno Gerber
2 Gary Botha
1 Wessel Roux

16 Kobus vd Walt
17 Jaco Engels
18 Cliffie Milton
19 Emile Verster
20 Neil Powell
21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
22 John Mametsa

By Andrew Hollely