Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made three changes to his side to face the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday.
Kirchner is fit again following a shoulder injury, Hougaard makes a first run-on appearance and Botha swops places with Ralepelle, who will now move to the bench where he will be joined by Van den Heever and Van der Westhuyzen.
Danie Rossouw misses the matches altogether as he is on maternity leave. He will not travel with the team to New Zealand on Tuesday, but will join the side next week.
The Vodacom Bulls team to play the Hurricanes is:
Zane Kirchner, Bjorn Basson, Jaco Pretorius, Wynand Olivier, Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (c), Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha, Dean Greyling.
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Roussouw de Klerk, Flip van der Merwe, Derick Kuün, Francois Brummer, Gerhard van den Heever, Jaco van der Westhuyzen.