Loose forward Jean Deysel takes over the captaincy from Bismarck du Plessis and will captain the Cell C Sharks in their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Du Plessis will play off the bench as Director of Rugby Jake White decided to give his Sharks and Springbok front row some rest.
The run-on front row will be Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Lourens Adriaanse.
Anton Bresler makes a welcome return to action and has been named alongside new-Bok Stephan Lewies in the second row.
Tim Swiel has been named to start at flyhalf with Frans Steyn reverting to centre, partnering S’bura Sithole in the midfield.
Thomas du Toit, back from an outstanding campaign for the SA Under-20 side, has earned a call-up to the senior side, having featured in the Vodacom Cup for the Sharks XV earlier this season.
The Sharks team is: 15. SP Marais, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Tim Swiel, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel (captain), 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick. Substitutes: 16. Thomas du Toit, 17. Bismarck du Plessis, 18. Jannie du Plessis, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Odwa Ndungane, 23. Tonderai Chavhanga