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The Vodacom Bulls have been forced into making one late change to the side that will duel the Dragons in round 12 of the 2022/23 Vodacom United Rugby Championship. The Friday 06 January clash is set to take place at the Rodney Parade stadium, in the city of Newport, South of Wales.

Flyhalf, Chris Smith has come down with the common cold and will be replaced by Johan Goosen who now slots into the number 10 jersey, with Bernard van der Linde coming into the match-day 23 to fill the void at 22.

Smith will remain at the team hotel, to recuperate, joined by BBCo. Director of Rugby, Jake White. White is recovering well but will not be travelling with the team. His match-day duties will be shared amongst the coaching staff.

Kick-off is set for 21h30pm (South African time), LIVE on SuperSport Rugby.


1. Gerard Steenekamp, 2. Johann Grobbelaar, 3. Mornay Smith, 4. Ruan Vermaak, 5. Ruan Nortje (c), 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Cyle Brink, 8. Elrigh Louw, 9. Zak Burger, 10. Johan Goosen, 11. David Kriel, 12. Harold Vorster, 13. Wandisile Simelane, 14. Canan Moodie, 15. Kurt-Lee Arendse


16. Simphiwe Matanzima, 17. Bismarck Du Plessis, 18. Sebastian Lombard, 19. Janko Swanepoel, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Bernard van der Linde, 23. Cornal Hendricks


FORWARDS (16): Simphiwe Matanzima, Johan Grobbelaar, Mornay Smith, Ruan Vermaak, Ruan Nortje(c), Marco van Staden, Cyle Brink, Elrigh Louw, Gerhard Steenekamp, Bismarck Du Plessis, Sebastian Lombard, Janko Swanepoel, Reinhardt Ludwig, WJ Steenkamp, Tiaan Lange, Dylan Smith, and Nizaam Carr.

BACKS (12): Zak Burger, Embrose Papier, Johan Goosen, Chris Smith, Bernard van der Linde, David Kriel, Harold Vorster, Cornal Hendricks, Wandisile Simelane, Canan Moodie and Kurt-Lee Arendse

MANAGEMENT: Jake White – Director of Rugby, Nollis Marais – Breakdown, Russell Winter – Forwards, Chris Rossouw – Backs, Elias Bennett – Team Manager, John-William Meyer – Technical Analyst, Dr Herman Rossouw – Team Doctor, Lance Lemmetjies – Senior Physiotherapist

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