Wynand Olivier is back in the starting line-up for the Bulls’ clash against the Sharks this weekend.
Olivier replaces the injured Jan Serfontein, who drops to the bench. Serfontein and Louis Fouche both have niggles and a final call on their involvement from the bench will be made later in the week.
Apart from a midfield change, we also see Bjorn Basson return to the starting line-up, dropping Lionel Mapoe to the bench for this encounter.
In the continued rotation in the front row, Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger return in the place of Frik Kirsten and Morne Mellett, while Willie Wepener comes onto the bench in place of Callie Visagie.
In other Bulls related news, Jacques Potgieter has requested a release from his Bulls contract. Potgieter was given six months to play in Japan after the Super Rugby season, but has requested a release to sign for a club in England following the completion of his Japanese stint. According to reports, his request has been granted.
The rumour mill was busy in Pretoria this morning with further news coming through that Chiliboy Ralepelle being eyed by Toulouse as a possible signing.
Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling. Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché /Jan Serfontein, 22 Lionel Mapoe
By Richard Ferguson