Springboks Willie le Roux

Willie le Roux. image via Instagram @hollyclarenichol

Willie le Roux to make Bulls debut against Connacht

Willie le Roux will make his debut for the Bulls when they take on Connacht in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash in Pretoria.

Springboks Willie le Roux

Willie le Roux. image via Instagram @hollyclarenichol

Two-time Rugby World Cup-winner Willie le Roux will make his debut for the Bulls when they take on Connacht in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash in Pretoria.

Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00.

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The Bulls find themselves in seventh place in the standings after five matches this season.

They are the best-placed of the South African sides.

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Director of Rugby Jake White has made six rotational changes to the starting XV and two more changes on the bench for the clash.

Le Roux will lace his boots and line up at fullback with the centre-pairing of David Kriel and Stedman Gans in front of him.

Sergeal Petersen and Sebastian de Klerk retain their places on the wing despite the return of Springbok stars Canan Moodie and Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Moodie has been selected on the bench, but Arendse did not make the match-day 23.

The halfback pairing of scrumhalf Zak Burger and flyhalf Jaco van der Walt will marshal the troops.

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Up front, hooker Akker van der Merwe will pack down alongside props Gerhard Steenekamp and Wilco Louw.

Behind that trio will be the lock combination of Reinhardt Ludwig and captain Ruan Nortje in the second row.

Versatile flanker, Marco van Staden returns to the fold and will start at flank alongside Elrigh Louw with Nizaam Carr at No 8.

White has named a strong bench comprising five forwards and three backline players, including Simphiwe Matanzima, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Mornay Smith, Janko Swanepoel, Cyle Brink, Embrose Papier, Chris Smith and Moodie.

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BULLS TEAM

1. Gerhard Steenekamp, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 3. Wilco Louw, 4. Reinhardt Ludwig, 5. Ruan Nortje (captain), 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Elrigh Louw, 8. Nizaam Carr, 9. Zak Burger, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 11. Sergeal Petersen, 12. David Kriel, 13. Stedman Gans, 14. Sebastian de Klerk, 15. Willie le Roux

Replacements: 16. Simphiwe Matanzima, 17. Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18. Mornay Smith, 19. Janko Swanepoel, 20. Cyle Brink, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Canan Moodie