Boom leads Bulls in Kimberley
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Johannes 'Boom' Prinsloo will not only make his Currie Cup debut for the Blue Bulls on Saturday, but will also wear the captain's armband when the team takes on Griquas in Kimberley.
The clash in Kimberley is the first of the 2017 Currie Cup season for both teams with Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais naming a side full of Super Rugby, but low on Currie Cup experience to make the trip south.
The whole starting team has Super Rugby experience and only three players did not feature in the final match of that tournament for the Bulls a week ago against Stormers.
Franco Naude and Tony Jantjies are the only backs who has not played Currie Cup rugby before, with locks Abongile Nonkontwana and Ruben van Heerden also starting in this competition the first time.
Like Prinsloo, Conrad van Vuuren played for the Free State Cheetahs in the competition before they moved to Pretoria.
Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5 Abongile Nonkontwana, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 John-Roy Jenkinson, 18 Freddy Ngoza, 19 Shaun Adendorff, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 JT Jackson.
Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Darren Colby
TMO: JJ Wagner