Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane has been entrusted with the captaincy as the Bulls aim to break their early-season Super Rugby losing streak against the Jaguares in Pretoria on Saturday.
Nyakane takes over as skipper from the injured Burger Odendaal and will lead a team showing six changes from last weekend’s heartbreaking last-minute defeat to the Blues. Kick-off at Loftus Versfeld is at 17h15.
With Odendaal out, Bulls coach Pote Human has opted to move Johnny Kotze to inside centre, with Tongan international Nafi Tuitavake set to make his debut for the Pretorians at outside centre.
Tuitavake – capped 13 times for Tonga and the younger brother of All Black Anthony – made 20 Vodacom Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders in 2014 before plying his trade in Europe for several seasons.
Embrose Papier gets a run at scrumhalf in a rotational move with Ivan van Zyl, while the introduction of Springbok looseforward Marco van Staden sees a rejigged back row for the clash, with Jeandré Rudolph moving to No 8 and Josh Strauss to the blindside.
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