Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will start at flank for DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup encounter with Phakisa Pumas at DHL Newlands on Women’s Day on Friday.
Kolisi will earn his 30th DHL Western Province cap in his first game since 2014, in a match that kicks off at 15h00 on Women’s Day.
As a result JD Schickerling moves to lock, with Salmaan Moerat set to make an impact in the second half and Ernst van Rhyn at blindside flank, while Wilco Louw is back in the starting line-up at tighthead prop.
In the backline Justin Phillips is at scrumhalf, with Sergeal Petersen making his first start of the season on the wing.
There is a potential Currie Cup debut for loose forward Nama Xaba from the bench, with prop Neethling Fouche getting his first opportunity of the campaign and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis back among the replacements.
DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that after the bye, he is looking for plenty of energy from his team at DHL Newlands.
“There is no doubt that we have to show our supporters at DHL Newlands that we are really up for this game and play some rugby they can be proud of.
“We worked hard in the week off and now it is about going out there on Friday and showing what it means to us to play in this jersey in the Currie Cup,” he said.
Action at DHL Newlands on Friday will get underway at 10h30 when the DHL Western Province U18 girls team face their counterparts from Boland. This will be followed by DHL Western Province U21 against Cell C Sharks U21 at 12h30, ahead of the main game at 15h00.
As part of a wider celebration of Women’s Day at DHL Newlands, all women will get a free ticket with any full price Category One ticket. This special will entitle all women to two Category One tickets at DHL Newlands for just R100. Tickets are available online at wprugby.computicket.com under ‘Women’s Day special’. Please note that this deal applies to groups of two Category One tickets bought together.
There will be Brutal Fruit and JC le Roux tastings on the Castle Lawns for the ladies before the game, with every match day entrance ticket for the game entering you into a half-time draw for a Castle hamper. (Strictly over 18’s only).
In addition, a further family ticket deal, The ‘Fantastic Four’ special, is available for the game. Anyone who buys four Category One tickets at DHL Newlands will pay just R250 for all four, which is a saving of 38%. This special is available online at wprugby.computicket.com under ‘Fantastic Four’. Please note that this deal applies only for groups of four Category One tickets bought together. Tickets are limited and WP Rugby reserves the right to amend the offer at any time. This means that prime seats near the halfway line effectively cost just R62.50, provided that you buy four together.
DHL Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Edwill van der Merwe.