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Ismaiel and Van Staden return to action

Two Springboks make their return to the field this weekend as a Vodacom Blue Bulls team travel to Piketburg to take on the Boland Cavaliers in a pre-season friendly.

Winger Travis Ismaiel and flanker Marco van Staden have been included in the 23-man line-up, which also sees Springbok tourist Roelof Smit make a return to action.

Regulars such as Jaco Visagie and Jade Stighling make an appearance while Super Rugby squad members Thembelani Bholi and Paul Schoeman both will be part of a squad that also includes former Springbok Sevens star Dylan Sage.

The team will be captained by Jaco Visagie.

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, also opted for a number of new faces in the squad, with the likes of Dawid Kellerman, Thomas Meyer, Franco Botha, Ewan Coetzee and Cameron Hufke all making debuts in senior rugby.

• The Bulls also received bad news when it was confirmed Dayan van der Westhuizen’s knee injury will see him on the sidelines for six weeks.

Vodacom Blue Bulls : Earl Douwrie, Travis Ismaiel, Dawid Kellerman, Dylan Sage, Jade Stigling, JT Jackson, Andre Warner, Paul Schoeman, Thembolani Boli, Roelof Smit, Thomas Meyer, Aston Fortuin, Mornay Smith, Jaco Visagie, Matthys Basson. Replacements: Franco Botha, Nqoba Mxoli, Ewan Coetzee, Marko van Staden, Muller Uys, Lian du Toit, Fiela Boshoff, Cameron Hufke.


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