After announcing his move to the Pretoria based Union earlier this week, scrumhalf Jano Vermaak was not considered for the clash.
In a total reshuffle of the halfbacks Elton Jantjies returns from the Springbok squad to start in place of Burton Francis who moves to the bench.
Up front, JC Janse van Rensburg returns to the starting side following injury. He takes over at loosehead from Pat Cilliers who also moves to the bench.
Josh Strauss will again lead the team as Doppies la Grange has not recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to be considered.
Fullback Jaco Taute is also back from injury and starts off the bench for this important Gauteng derby.
The team to play the Blue Bulls is:
15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (capt.), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, Patric Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Warren Whiteley, Rudy Paige, Burton Francis, Jaco Taute.