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Bulls Squad get a shuffle for Heineken Champions Cup

Bulls management shuffles squad for Heineken Champions Cup match in Lyon

Although the Bulls still need a few league points to ensure they qualify for the knockout stage of the Heineken Champions Cup, the team’s management has still shuffled their squad with a large number of second-choice players who will start in Friday night’s game against Lyon in France.

The Bulls have made a few changes to personnel in their matchday 23 that will duel French side, Lyon on Friday, in round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

The Pool A match is scheduled to kick off at 22h00 (Central African Time) at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland, in Lyon.

Nizaam Carr will lead the side as Simphiwe Matanzima, Bismarck Du Plessis and Francois Klopper form a new front-row combination to that which dueled the Chiefs in Pretoria. Ruan Vermaak will pair up with Janko Swanepoel in the second row, whilst Marco van Staden and Cyle Brink will have Carr for the company in the back row. At the back: Embrose Papier (scrum-half), Johan Goosen (fly half), and Cornal Hendricks (inside center), who will be making his 50th appearance, come into the starting fifteen with Zak Burger and Chris Smith set to start off the bench, alongside Johann Grobbelaar, Gerard Steenekamp, Mornay Smith, Elrigh Louw, Lionel Mapoe and club captain, Ruan Nortje.

The herd is on a quest for a third victory of their debut campaign, hoping to emulate their triumphant 42-36 victory on home soil in the opening round of the competition. Their hosts, are still without a win in this campaign and will surely look to correct this in the final pool fixture, making this an appetizing clash for rugby fans across the two hemispheres.

BULLS STARTING XV: 1. Simphiwe Matanzima, 2. Bismarck Du Plessis, 3. Francois Klopper, 4. Ruan Vermaak, 5. Janko Swanepoel, 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Cyle Brink, 8. Nizaam Carr (c), 9. Embrose Papier, 10. Johan Goosen, 11. David Kriel, 12. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Wandisile Simelane, 14. Canan Moodie, 15. Kurt-Lee Arendse. REPLACEMENTS: 16. Johann Grobbelaar, 17. Gerard Steenekamp, 18. Mornay Smith, 19. Ruan Nortje, 20. Elrigh Louw, 21. Zak Burger, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Lionel Mapoe

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