Taute back for Lions

Fullback Jaco Taute was named on the bench for the Golden Lions’ Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.

Taute suffered a serious shoulder injury during Super Rugby, which saw the player sidelined for three months. He’s set to make his first appearance for the Lions since late May at Loftus Versfeld.

Meanwhile, there have been eight changes made to the Lions starting line-up.

Up front, hooker Callie Visagie, tighthead prop Jacobie Adriaanse, lock Hendrik Roodt and flank Cobus Grobbelaar come in for Bandise Maku, CJ van der Linde, Josh Strauss and Jaco Kriel respectively.

Among the backs, scrumhalf Michael Bondesio, wing Ruan Combrinck, inside centre Alwyn Hollenbach and speedster Deon Helberg replace Ross Cronje, Anthony Volmink, Butch James and JR Esterhuizen respectively.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (c).
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco Taute.