BULLS captain Burger Odendaal is back in the starting lineup to face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday after missing the previous two Super Rugby games due to injury.
He takes over the captaincy from Handre Pollard and the inside centre berth from Johnny Kotze.
Bulls coach John Mitchell has also opted for Divan Rossouw on the left wing, where he replaces Duncan Matthews in the other change to the backline.
Up front, Trevor Nyakane comes in for Frans van Wyk at tighthead prop and Thembelani Bholi is back at flanker, with Hanro Liebenberg moving to No 8 where he takes over from the injured Nic de Jager.
De Jager had to return home due to a broken rib and his replacement, Tim Agaba, is bracketed as a replacement with Jason Jenkins.
Conraad van Vuuren is back on the bench in place of Nyakane, while Manie Libbok is another potential debutant for the Bulls.
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“This is a fantastic opportunity for us playing the Chiefs in Hamilton,” Mitchell said.
“They have been one of the leading teams in the Super Rugby competition over the last couple of years and this is a massive step up from where we were a year ago.
“We have definite plans on how to approach this match and how to try to beat the Chiefs.
“We will have to do a couple of things well to achieve that, including playing as a unit.”
CHIEFS v BULLS in Hamilton, Friday 5.35pm AEDT
BULLS (15-1): Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal (c), Divan Rossouw, Handre Pollard, Andre Warner, Hanro Liebenberg, Thembelani Bholi, Roelof Smit, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Trevor Nyakane, Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman
Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Lizo Gqoboka, Conraad van Vuuren, Jason Jenkins/Tim Agaba, Marco van Staden, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok, Johnny Kotze
Venue: FMG Stadium
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Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium
BRUMBIES v SHARKS in Canberra, Saturday 7.45pm AEDT
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