The Bok skipper is back after a lengthy injury layoff and will take over the captaincy from Steve Kitshoff, too.
After a difficult year the national rugby team’s next assignment will be against the British and Irish Lions in the middle of next year.
Former Sevens flier Seabelo Senatla is also back in action after injury and takes up his regular place on the wing.
“Every game is important no matter who you play, whether it’s the ‘big’ unions or the smaller ones,” said the Bok No 9 ahead of Griquas clash.
Johan Grobbelaar returns in the number two jersey for the trip to Cape Town and the start of the Currie Cup competition.
“We are looking forward to the Currie Cup, in order to prove ourselves once again as a force to be reckoned with.”

Currie Cup Everitt springs a surprise by picking JJ van der Mescht at blindside flank

The hooker Dylan Richardson will also play among the loose-forwards in changed team to take on the Pumas in Durban.

Rugby Moerat warns Bulls to brace for impact as Province aim to turn tables

Moerat is chuffed at how his combination with JD Schickerling has developed.

Currie Cup Sharks boosted with return to side of Thomas du Toit

There are several changes to the team for the Currie Cup opener against the always tricky Pumas on Friday in Durban.

Currie Cup Bulls centre Hendricks tries to keep the emotion out of the North-South derby

The former Springbok wing has been a surprise package at inside centre for the Bulls, proving an industrious supplier for his fellow backs and a sturdy rock in defence.

Currie Cup Lost points will see the Lions start their Currie Cup challenge on the back foot

The Bulls start in prime position, with the log points from their championship-winning Super Rugby Unlocked campaign having been carried over.

Rugby Bosch loving the pressure and responsibility of wearing the Sharks No 10 jersey

The 23-year-old, who is in good form thanks to an extended run, was full of praise for young scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba and centre Marius Louw.

Currie Cup ‘If the Bulls are Liverpool, maybe Western Province are Pirates’

Assistant coach Hlungwani has a bit of a dig at the Unlocked champions, who played four games at home and struggled in their two away matches.

Rugby Police, PI called in to help find young rugby player Muzi

The former SA Schools player has not had any contact with family and has been missing for some time now.

Rugby White expects a lot, but it gets results, says Matfield

While brute physical strength once again seems hip in South African rugby and the Bulls’ pack was certainly the most physical in the competition, Matfield believes the team’s success went well beyond simple forward-based rugby.

Currie Cup Now we need to finish the job in the Currie Cup, says Bulls’ Winter

The forwards coach is satisfied with his players’ performance in the lineouts, but there are still concerns around the scrumming.

Currie Cup Defending champions, the Cheetahs, set sights on Unlocked winners, the Bulls

With log points carried forward, there’s plenty to do for the men from Bloemfontein as the 2020 Currie Cup kicks off.

Rugby Bulls are ‘worthy’ of Unlocked trophy, despite disruptions, says Griquas coach Mathie

Though they pushed the eventual champions in their opening game, losing by just 30-23, Griquas were defeated in all six of their Super Rugby Unlocked matches.

Rugby Bulls coach Jake White ‘excited and relieved’ after waking sleeping giant

“Seven months ago you would have said we had no chance, so it’s a massive relief and the players will gain confidence from this.”

Rugby Cheetahs too good for Griquas as they end campaign on a high

Four tries to nil ensured the men from Bloemfontein bagged the points that they’ll now take into the Currie Cup.

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