Bulls load up on Boks
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Blue Bulls wasted no time to recall their Springbok World Cup discards for their Currie Cup Round Seven encounter with the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Springbok prop Lizo Gqoboka will make a timely return to the Bulls team this weekend.
Gqoboka has been released from the Springbok squad for the match, one the home side must win to make the play-offs of the Currie Cup.
Marco van Staden, who like Gqoboka played against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld last weekend, returns to the team as well.
Coach Pote Human kept faith with the remainder of the squad that returned from Johannesburg victoriously two weeks ago.
Gqoboka comes in for Dayan van der Westhuizen, who reverts to the bench, where a number of changes were made.
Corniel Els makes a first appearance for the squad as a back-up hooker, while Ruan Steenkamp is fit again and will play off the bench.
Human also handed a potential debut to Junior Springbok, Vaughen Isaacs, who replaces Marnitz Boshoff as back-up flyhalf.
Blue Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl (captain), 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Wian Vosloo, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Corne Els, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Vaughen Isaacs, 23 Stedman Gans.
Date: Saturday, August 24
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.30 (17.30 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Phumzile Mbewu
TMO: Johan Greeff