The Springbok trio of lock Lood de Jager, flanker Teboho Mohoje and prop Trevor Nyakane have been included in the Cheetahs’ team for their Currie Cup encounter against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
All three players featured for the Springboks in the recent Rugby Championship which included the national side’s 27-25 victory over the All Blacks at Ellis Park Stadium over the weekend.
Mohoje’s inclusion means Lappies Labuschagne shifts from blindside flank to eighthman, with Neil Claassen taking up a spot on the bench.
Nyakane will earn a starting berth at the expense of George Marich, while lock Henco Venter makes way for De Jager in the run-on side.
Caylib Oosthuizen also comes off the bench to replace Coenie Oosthuizen at loosehead prop.
In the backline, injuries to two key players have forced a reshuffle, with JP du Plessis slotting in at centre in the place of injured vice-captain Francois Venter, with AJ Coertzen playing on the wing.
Cheetahs team: Clayton Blommetjies, AJ Coertzen, JP du Plessis, Joubert Engelbrecht, Raymond Rhule, Willie du Plessis, Sarel Pretorius, Lappies Labuschagne, Teboho Mohoje, Tienie Burger, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), Caylib Oosthuizen. Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, George Marich, Henco Venter, Neil Claassen, Shaun Venter, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Maputha Dolo