First Bulls outing for Marcel

2013-07-03 13:39
Marcel van der Merwe (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Tighthead prop Marcel van der Merwe will make his long awaited debut for the Blue Bulls in a friendly against the Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16:30.

Van der Merwe joined the Blue Bulls from the Cheetahs last year, but has since been recovering from a knee operation.

The team also includes a number of Junior Springboks who recently participated in the Junior World Championship in France, while centre Francois Venter also makes a comeback after a groin operation.

The game forms part of the Lions' preparations for their Super Rugby promotion-relegation series against the Kings on the weekends of July 26 and August 2.

Blue Bulls:

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handrè Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Schalk van Heerden, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Christof Gouws, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ruan Snyman, 22 Tony Jantjies, 23 Dries Swanepoel, 24 Rohan Janse van Rensburg



Lions Challenge fixture list for 2013:

January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park - Cancelled
June 1: Lions 74-14 Samoa - Ellis Park
June 14: Lions 42-12 Western Province - Ellis Park
June 21: Lions 33-29 Sharks - Ellis Park
July 6: Lions v Blue Bulls - Loftus Versfeld - 16:30
July 13: Lions v Griquas - Ellis Park - 15:00
July 26: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - TBA - 19:10
August 2: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park - 19:10

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