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Duane Vermeulen returns to captain Bulls against Cheetahs


Bulls have made five changes to the starting squad ahead of their Super Rugby Unlocked clash against Cheetahs scheduled for Bloemfontein on Friday 16 October.

Springbok number 8 Duane Vermeulen is scheduled to start having missed last weekends clash due to a knock. His return sees Tim Agaba rest while Arno Botha and Marco van Staden flanks him.

Johan Grobbelaar starts at hooker while Trevor Nyakane and Jacques van Rooyen are props.

Hard-hitting inside centre Clinton Swart makes his debut against his former employers and he will partner with Cornal Hendricks who has shifted to the outside centre while Stedman Gans has paved the way.

Embrose Papier replaces his fellow Springbok scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl at number 9 jersey with Morne Steyn starting at 10.  Jade Stighling has been called in on the left wing in place of Travis Ismaiel.

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Bulls –  15 Gio Aplon, 14 David Kriel, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Replacements: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Stedman Gans

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