Seven changes for Western Province

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has named his team to front the Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash at Newlands, making a total of seven changes.

The one positional change sees captain Deon Fourie shift flank, as Siyabonga Ntubeni starts at hooker, with DHL WP having been forced to select a new-look loose trio.

With No.8 Duane Vermeulen called up the Springbok squad and flanks Siya Kolisi (thumb) and Tyrone Holmes (AC joint) both out injured, Fourie will be partnered in the back row by the fit-again Rynhardt Elstadt and Canadian Jebb Sinclair.

In a final change to the pack, Deon Carstens has recovered from a broken nose and will start at loosehead prop, allowing Steven Kitshoff to rest on the bench.

In the backline, Under-21 star JP du Plessis will start at outside centre following Juan de Jongh’s Springbok recall. Experienced scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage will make his second start of the competition, after two weeks of limited action as part of a rotational scrumhalf. Nic Groom moves on to the bench.

Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. JP du Plessis, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. Ederies Arendse, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Jebb Sinclair, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Don Armand, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1. Deon Carstens

Replacements: 16. Steven Kitshoff, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Helmut Lehmann, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Damian de Allende, 22. Kurt Coleman

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