Springboks Travis Ismaiel and Marco van Staden will return to action this weekend when the Vodacom Blue Bulls XV team lace up to face Boland Cavaliers in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge warm-up clash in Piketberg.
The two return from injury lay-off, as are other Vodacom Bulls regulars like Roelof Smit, Jade Stighling and Jaco Visagie. They will be joined by the likes of Dylan Sage, Paul Schoeman and Thembelani Boli, who all saw Vodacom Super Rugby action already in the 2019 season.
Visagie will lead the team.
Vodacom Blue Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, also opted for a number of new faces in the squad, with the likes of Dawid Kellerman, Thomas Meyer, Franco Botha, Ewan Coetzee and Cameron Hufke all making debuts in senior rugby.
The team is: Earl Douwrie, Travis Ismaiel, Dawid Kellerman, Dylan Sage, Jade Stigling, JT Jackson, Andre Warner, Paul Schoeman, Thembolani Boli, Roelof Smit, Thomas Meyer, Aston Fortuin, Mornay Smith, Jaco Visagie (c), Matthys Basson.
Replacements: Franco Botha, Nqoba Mxoli, Ewan Coetzee, Marco van Staden, Muller Uys, Lian du Toit, Fiela Boshoff, Cameron Hufke.