Pierre Spies to start comeback against Saracens

Bulls Super Rugby captain Pierre Spies is expected to make his long-awaited comeback for the Pretoria side at the end of January when they face Saracens in London.

The Bulls will play Saracens at Allianz Park north London on Saturday 31 January as part of their preparations for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Spies has been included in the touring party and is expected to see some action on the field. The Super Rugby centurion missed the biggest chunk of the 2014 season due to injury.

Handre Pollard is among 15 Springboks named in the squad. Pollard will return to action on Monday and will miss this weekend’s clash with the Toyota Cheetahs in Polokwane.

Frans Ludeke, Bulls coach, said,”Saracens are closely followed and well supported throughout South Africa. They have been performing really well in the Premiership and the European Cup, and might easily have won both competitions last season. We look forward to a great game on the artificial turf at Allianz Park.”

The Bulls squad to face Saracens:

Jurgen Visser, Jesse Kriel, Akona Ndungane*, Bjorn Basson*, Travis Ismaiel, JJ Engelbrecht*, Jan Serfontein*, William Small-Smith, Handre Pollard*, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard*, Piet Van Zyl*, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies*, Hanro Liebenberg, Lappies Labushagne, Deon Stegmann*, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Marvin Orie, Victor Matfield*, Grant Hattingh, Jacques Du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane*, Werner Kruger*, Dean Greyling*, Morne Mellett, Marcel Van Der Merwe*, Bandise Maku*, Callie Visagie.

* denotes Springbok

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