Frans Ludeke has pushed Deon Stegmann straight into the starting XV in an attempt to offset the loss of the injured Jacques Potgieter.
Potgieter has returned to South Africa with an injured hand and will play no further part on the Bulls’ tour of Australasia. The Bulls are fortunate to have Stegmann coming back from injury, and have confirmed that he will start at No 6 against the Waratahs.
Ludeke has made several other changes. Dean Greyling returned to Pretoria recently for the birth of his child, and won’t be available for the clash in Sydney. Dawie Steyn will start in the front row while Rayno Gerber has flown to Australia to provide cover from the bench.
Wynand Olivier has a rib injury and will only be available from next week. Ludeke has opted for a new midfield combination, with Francois Venter partnering Johann Sadie.
Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.