Divan Nel will debut at fullback for the Boland Cavaliers against Western Province on Saturday in a Supersport Rugby Challenge match at the Smitpark Sports grounds in Velddrif (6 May 2017).
Nel represented UJ during this year’s Varsity Cup competition where he enjoyed a superb season at fly-half.
Nel is one of only two changes to Boland’s starting XV that faced Border in the SRC opener in Port Elizabeth two weeks ago. Nel replaces Adriaan Carelse (injured) at fullback, with Cavaliers stalwart Clemen Lewis replacing Chadley Wenn at hooker, after having recovered from a minor injury.
A number of changes has been made to the replacements bench, with two players in Arnout Malherbe (prop) and Ludio Williams (flank) ready to make their professional debuts for the Cavaliers.
BOLAND CAVALIERS: 15. Divan Nel; 14. Charlie Mayeza; 13. Alcino Izaacs; 12. Christopher Bosch; 11. Danwel Demas; 10. Elgar Watts; 9. Freddie Muller (v/c); 8. Zandré Jordaan (captain); 7. Wayne Wilschut (v/c); 6. Kenan Cronje; 5. Rinus Bothma; 4. Marlyn Williams; 3. Clinton Theron; 2. Clemen Lewis; 1. Linda Thwala.
RESERVES: 16. Chadley Wenn; 17. Arnout Malherbe; 18. Dylan Pieterse; 19. Ludio Williams; 20. Vian van der Watt; 21. Logan Basson; 22. Sergio Torrens.
Saturday’s match between the Boland Cavaliers and Western Province kicks-off at 15:00 at the Smitpark Sports grounds in Velddrif, with a Bergriver XV vs Velddrif RFC XV curtain raiser scheduled for 13:00.
Adults: R40 pp at the gate (on the day); R35 on www.webtickets.com or at Vredenburg Pick ‘n Pay.
Scholars: R10 pp (scholars in school uniform)
Vehicles: (Inside parking) R10 per vehicle (limited parking available inside)
Gates open at 11:30.