Junior World Cup winning flyhalf Handrè Pollard will make his Absa Currie Cup debut in Durban on Saturday after being named as pivot for the Vodacom Blue Bulls team to play The Sharks.
Pollard replaces injured Tony Jantjies in one of three changes to the backline.
With Francois Venter and Travis Ismaiel also casualties from last weekend's loss to the MTN Golden Lions, Waylon Murray will start at outside centre and fit-again Akona Ndungane at wing.
Frik Kirsten is back at tight head after an ankle injury ruled him out of the last two matches. Recently signed lock David Bullbring will make his debut off the bench after the former Southern Kings player has been named ahead of Wilhelm Steenkamp.
Another new face on the bench is Vodacom Cup flyhalf Tiaan Schoeman.
"There is a lot to answer for this weekend,” coach Pine Pienaar said in announcing the team on Wednesday.
"We have disappointed a lot of people, including ourselves, with our performance last weekend against the Lions and the only way to get that out of the system is to go to Durban and get a result."
Pienaar was quite at ease handing Pollard a debut at a very tough venue.
"Handrè was part of our plans all along and had it not been for a shoulder injury sustained in pre-season, he could have had a number of matches at this level under his belt already. He might be young in years, but have an old rugby head on him. We are keen to go out there and deliver," Pienaar said.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls team is: Jürgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, Waylon Murray, Ulrich Beyers, Akona Ndungane, Handrè Pollard, Ruan Snyman, Jono Ross (c), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Frik Kirsten, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Morné Mellett. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, David Bullbring, Jacques Engelbrecht, Rudy Paige, Tiaan Schoeman, Clayton Blommetjies.