Siya Kolisi will captain DHL Western Province in their opening Carling Currie Cup encounter against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The Springbok captain returns to action from injury, along with wing Seabelo Senatla for the North-South clash, which kicks off at 19h00 on Saturday.
Kolisi leads a starting line-up that features seven Springboks and a Springbok Sevens player on each wing.
Fullback Warrick Gelant and wing Angelo Davids will both make their DHL Western Province debut, while prop Ali Vermaak and loose forward Jaco Coetzee are also set to make their return from injury from the replacements bench.
DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team cannot wait to get their Carling Currie Cup campaign underway.
“We cannot think of a better way to start this competition than against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands.
“We are happy to welcome some key players back from injury and will be going all-out to make a positive start in the DHL Western Province jersey,” he said.
DHL Western Province:
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements : 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Kwenzo Blose, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 David Meihuizen, 21 Chris van Zyl, 22 Jaco Coetzee, 23 Marcel Theunissen, 24 Godlen Masimla, 25 Tim Swiel, 26 Ruhan Nel.