Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has
included Flip van der Merwe, returning from injury, in the starting
line-up for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne.
Van der Merwe, who missed their last two matches with a groin injury, replaces Wilhelm Steenkamp at lock.
Steenkamp moves to the bench where he replaces England-bound Gerrit-Jan van Velze.
another swop, fit-again Dean Greyling moves back into the number one
jersey, with Dawie Steyn, who debuted against the Brumbies in their last
match two weeks ago, missing out altogether.
On the bench, Willie Wepener is also back in the fray after recovering from a facial nerve infection, replacing Bongo Mbonambi.
Stegmann was close to selection, but Ludeke felt the specialist fetcher
needed some time on the training paddock first to get into the team
"We need to start well and everyone is aware of that," Ludeke said.
"The Rebels are one of those teams who refuse to go away and we will need to play for 80 minutes to beat them.
"We have travelled well and in good spirits, so we are keen to play."
Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they were eager to get their Australasian tour off to a positive start.
is a new venue for us and the importance of getting the tour under way
with a positive performance makes everyone very keen to get out there,"
"The Rebels challenge you with good scrambling
defence and have playmakers all round, so we need to focus on our
strengths for this one."Teams:Rebels:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12
Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8
Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Flip van der
Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Johann Sadie