Cape Town - Joe Pietersen will start at flyhalf for the Cheetahs in their pre-season friendly match against the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday (17:00 kick-off).
The former Stormers star joined the Cheetahs from French club Biarritz late last year.
He can play fullback, wing and flyhalf, but it is believed that he was lured to Bloemfontein with the aim of filling the void left by Johan Goosen.
Flank Francois Uys will captain the Cheetahs on Saturday, but their permanent captain for the 2015 Super Rugby competition will only be announced in early February.Heinrich Brussow is believed to be the front-runner for the captaincy role.
The Cheetahs will also play the Stormers (Cape Town, January 30) and Griffons (Welkom, January 31) as part of their Super Rugby preparations. They will pick two different squads for those two final warm-up games.
The men from Bloemfontein start their Super Rugby campaign with an away game against the Sharks in Durban on February 14.
15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes (from): Callie Visagie, Morné Mellett, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Grant Hattingh, Roelof Smit, Nardus van der Walt, Arno Botha, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Dan Kriel, Ulrich Beyers, Duncan Matthews, Jürgen Visser
15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Tienie Burger, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 BG Uys, 17 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Stephan Coetzee, 20 Carl Wegner, 21 Carel Greeff, 22 Armandt Koster, 23 Tian Meyer, 24 Francois Brummer, 25 Ryno Benjamin, 26 Oupa Mohoje, 27 Clayton Blommetjies, 28 Willie le Roux