WP under-21 players Stephan Coetzee (hooker), Gerbrandt Grobler (lock), Tim Swiel (flyhalf), Pat Howard (centre) and Cheslin Kolbe (fullback) have been selected along with the uncapped University of Stellenbosch (Maties) duo of Alistair Vermaak (prop) and Ryan Nell (utility back).
“The door is by no means closed on anyone else who has been training here these past few weeks, but I needed to focus on a core group of players with the eye on the first game,” said Coetzee.
Springboks Pat Cilliers (prop) and Gio Aplon (wing/fullback) were also included in the squad to face the Bulls, with WP being captained by flanker Deon Fourie.
“We have Pat and Gio available to us this week, but are without the rest of our Springboks who have been selected in the Rugby Championship squad,” Coetzee said.
“I am happy with our preparations and we’re looking forward to Saturday’s match against the Bulls.
“North/South derbies are always big games and we’re not expecting anything different come this weekend. We’re excited to be starting our campaign at home.”
The WP coach will announce his matchday-22 on Wednesday.