Cheetahs ring the changes for Brumbies clash

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named his team to play the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday with fullback Willie le Roux returning to the starting line up.

Fullback Willie le Roux, centres Johann Sadie and Francois Venter, Tian Meyer, lock Carl Wegner, hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, props Coenie Oosthuizen and Danie Mienie all return to the Cheetahs starting line up.

Springboks Willie le Roux and Coenie Oosthuizen were rested last week in accordance with the SA Super Rugby teams agreement with SA Rugby over Springboks and they return this week.

Scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who missed the first two games of the tour as he attended the birth of his second son in Bloemfontein, is a welcome arrival in the camp. Pretorius will be playing from the bench with Tian Meyer in the starting line-up.

Johann Sadie has recovered from flu, which made him a last minute withdrawal last week in Hamilton, and will take his place in the midfield together with Francois Venter who is vice captain. They are replacing Ryno Benjamin and Michael van der Spuy.

Willie Britz moves from flanker to number eight and Boom Prinsloo will be wearing the number 7 jersey.

Carl Wegner and Steven Sykes, Torsten van Jaarsveld and Stephan Coetzee, and Danie Mienie and BG Uys switch places.

Tienie Burger is new on the bench. He replaced Oupa Mohoje on tour, who returned home after suffering from a groin injury.

In other team news Jean Cook has returned to South African with an abdominal muscle injury and been replaced by Carel Greeff.


1. Danie Mienie , 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 3. Coenie Oosthuizen , 4. Carl Wegner , 5. Francois Uys ( c ) , 6. Heinrich Brussow , 7. Boom Prinsloo , 8. Willie Britz , 9. Tian Meyer , 10. Joe Pietersen , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. Francois Venter ( vc ) , 13. Johann Sadie , 14. Cornal Hendricks , 15.Willie le Roux

Replacements : 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. BG Uys, 18. Maks van Dyk, 19. ,Steven Sykes, 20. Tienie Burger, 21. Sarel Pretorius, 22. Willie du Plessis, 23. Ryno Benjamin

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