Vodacom Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe has been passed fit to face the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday and will lead the team for their third tour match to Australasia.
This will be the first of two matches the Vodacom Bulls will play in Australia as part of their Vodacom Super Rugby tour.
Van der Merwe got injured in last weekend’s bonus point loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin, but has recovered sufficiently from his arm injury to lead the team.
Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named the same starting team that played in Dunedin, but made one change on the bench, where Rudy Paige will act as scrumhalf cover. Should Paige takes to the field it will be his first appearance in the competition this year.
The Vodacom Bulls team to play the Waratahs (with Super caps) is: Jurgen Visser (19), Bjorn Basson (63), JJ Engelbrecht (41), Jan Serfontein (20), Francois Hougaard (64), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (48), Piet van Zyl (39), Grant Hattingh (27), Jacques du Plessis (9), Jono Ross (11), Victor Matfield (131), Flip van der Merwe (69, c), Werner Kruger (100), Callie Visagie (31), Dean Greyling (46). Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi (8), Marcel van der Merwe (23), Morné Mellett (16), Paul Willemse (12), Jacques Engelbrecht (20), Rudy Paige (4), Handré Pollard (6), William Small-Smith (1).