Blue Bulls rush Gelant back
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais named Warrick Gelant at fullback for his side's Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs in Pretoria on Saturday and also named new signing Jano Venter on the bench
Gelant, who is part of the Springboks squad for the Rugby Championship, has been released for Currie Cup duties, while Venter joined from the Golden Lions, where he played earlier in the season.
Marais also welcomes back a fit-again Conraad van Vuuren at tighthead in place of John-Roy Jenkinson and promoted Abongile Nonkontwana into the starting pack, with the flank replacing injured Jannes Kirsten.
Regular captain Johannes Prinsloo was a late withdrawal due to flu and his place will be taken by Shaun Adendorff, who moves up from the bench.
Marco van Staden/Clyde Davids will take over Adendorff's spot on the bench and will make his Currie Cup debut if he takes to the field.
Burger Odendaal takes over as captain for this clash.
Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Kefentse Mahlo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nicholas de Jager, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman,
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Marco van Staden/Clyde Davids, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 John Jackson.
Date: Saturday, August 19
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 14.05 (12.05 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Monray Gillbert
TMO: Lesego Legoete