Skipper to miss Bulls derby
The Bulls have suffered a major blow ahead of Saturday's derby with the Sharks as captain Flip van der Merwe is ruled out.
Paul Willemse replaces the Springbok in the Pretoria side's engine room, with the hosts set to confirm who will fill Willemse's now-vacant spot on the bench, and which player will take on the mantle of captaincy.
Veteran second-row Victor Matfield is a potential candidate, having seen his fair share of derbies during a glittering career. Another is the returning Dewald Potgieter, the ex-skipper who announced his return to the Bulls this week after moving to Japan last season.
Bulls revised: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 TBC, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Morné Mellet.