Bakkies Botha has been rushed straight back into the Bulls team to face the Sharks at Loftus on Saturday.
Botha resumed training last Monday after an Achilles injury, but wasn’t deemed fit enough to face the Lions last weekend. Coach Frans Ludeke has decided the time is right to re-introduce the Bok lock, who will reunite with Victor Matfield.
Danie Rossouw drops to the bench, while Flip van der Merwe misses out on the 22.
With Jaco Pretorius’s injury, Jacques-Louis Potgieter will win his first start for the Bulls, with Wynand Olivier reverting to No 13.
Francois Hougaard returns on the wing, while Deon Stegmnann starts in place of Derick Kuun on the flank.
Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Stephan Dippenaar, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.