Keo.co.za brings you news from the Currie Cup.
Botha leads Bully boys – Gary Botha was confirmed as Blue Bulls captain on Wednesday and will lead the charge against the Sharks this Saturday.
Coach Pine Pienaar has named Jurgens Visser to start at fullback, while prop Corne Fourie will also make his debut.
Former Lions and Clermont hooker, Willie Wepener, is on the bench.
Bulls – Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, Stephan Dippenaar, Stefan Watermeyer, Gerhard van den Heever, Francois Brummer, Dustin Jinka, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Dewald Potgieter, Derick Kuün, Juandré Kruger, Fudge Mabeta, Rossouw de Klerk, Gary Botha (c), Corné Fourie.
Subs: Willie Wepener, Juan Schoeman, Okkie Kruger, CJ Stander, Lohan Jacobs, Marnitz Boshoff, Francois Venter.
Strauss back for Cheetahs – Andries Strauss has recovered from a serious groin injury in time to lead the Cheetahs in their Currie Cup opener against the Leopards on Saturday.
The inside centre missed the last half of the Super Rugby campaign after picking up the injury in March, but now starts alongside Corné Uys in the midfield.
There are also several youngsters that will make their Currie Cup debuts in Bloemfontein. Flank Lappies Labuschagne, Springbok Sevens forward Boom Prinsloo, hooker Michael van Vuuren and prop Marcel van der Merwe while hooker PW van Vuuren, prop Trevor Nyakane and scrumhalf Piet van Zyl are set to make their first senior appearances off the bench.
Centre Robert Ebersohn, wing Jongi Nokwe and flanker Philip van der Walt are still out injured.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Andriess Strauss (c), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 PW van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Phillip Burger.