Dewald Potgieter will captain the Blue Bulls in their Currie Cup opener against Griquas.
Potgieter, who played flank during the Super Rugby series, will start Friday’s game at No 8. Potgieter is one of the few seasoned players in the Bulls’ line-up, as coach Pine Pienaar has been forced to select a number of youngsters.
Six players are in line for Currie Cup debuts. Ulrich Beyers, Clayton Blommetjies and Cornell Hess have been named in the starting line-up, while Robbie Coetzee, Grant Hattingh and Jan Serfontein are on the bench.
Centre Johann Sadie (ankle) and hooker Bongi Mbonambi (ankle) weren’t considered because of injuries.
Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (c), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Jan Serfontein.