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Bulls hand debut to Maxwane

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Bulls head coach Nollis Marais has named Tuks wing Sibahle Maxwane in his side for their Super Rugby clash with the Lions.

Marais hands the 21-year-old his team and tournament debut, whilst also making four changes in total to his backline.

Maxwane replaces the injured Jamba Ulengo, while Jan Serfontein and Francois Brummer will earn starts and Jesse Kriel will play at full-back.

Kriel comes in for Warrick Gelant, who moves to the bench to take over from Serfontein who moves into Kriel’s place at centre. Brummer takes over from Tian Schoeman.

In the only change in the pack, Lood de Jager moves from the bench into the engine room in place of the suspended RG Snyman.

Marais also named uncapped Abongile Nonkontwana on the bench, with the former Blue Bulls U21 captain taking over the vacancy left by De Jager.

"We had three debutants last weekend and this weekend two more new faces will play for the Vodacom Bulls for the first time in what is already a fairly young team," Marais said.

"I have no doubt in their abilities, as I have always believed that age should not impact on selection. Rabs (Sibahle) showed great form and potential for Tuks and was named in the Varsity Cup Dream Team, so that form was widely acknowledged.

"He continued with that in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge for the Vodacom Blue Bulls, scoring a hat-trick in one of the matches, so I am excited to see him perform."

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Abongile Nonkontwana, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Tony Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant

Date: Saturday, May 20

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)

Referee: Quinton Immelman

Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs, Pro Legoete

TMO: Marius Jonker

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