Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has selected a green looking side for their Currie Cup opener against defending champions Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
Four players in the match-day 22 will be making their Currie Cup debuts, while four more will be playing in their first matches for the Blue Bulls.
Eighthman Jono Ross has been named captain of the side and will be making history as the first English-speaking skipper of the Bulls.
Pienaar said he was excited about the prospect of fielding a young side brimming with energy and enthusiasm.
"I am excited to see the young guys and they bring a good vibe to the team so I can't wait to see what they will bring on Saturday," Pienaar said.
With four of their players doing duty for the Springboks in the upcoming Rugby Championship and the departure of eight more players for clubs abroad, the Bulls will rely heavily on the youngsters within their structures this season.
Francois Venter, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Frik Kirsten, Willie Wepener, and Morne Mellett are the only remaining players in the team that played for the Bulls in their last Currie Cup match in the semi-final against the Sharks in Durban.
Travis Ismaiel, Tony Jantjies, and Wiaan Liebenberg, who were members of the Junior Springbok team that won the 2012 Junior World Cup in South Africa, will be playing in their first Currie Cup match.
Also playing in his first Currie Cup match is Jacques du Plessis, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls at Newlands a month ago.
While the new-look Bulls team had big boots to fill, Ross said his team was up for the challenge.
"A lot of guys are going away and are at the Boks so it is time for the young guys to step up," Ross said.
"But in saying that, someone said in the week that you don't take your ID book onto the field, when you are on the field, because age falls away."
Paul Willemse, Callie Visagie, Waylon Murray, and Marcell van der Merwe will run out for the Bulls in the Currie Cup for the first time, after they played in the competition for other teams before.
Pienaar said that while the Bulls would use the Currie Cup to build new talent for the future, their focus would be to win the competition.
"If you are going to say your focus is just building this year, then you leave a back door open for yourself and if you don't do well then you say ‘we built this year and that is why we didn't do well'," he said.
"The youngsters have an opportunity and I think out of the squad there are only three guys that have won the Currie Cup before.
"So there has to be a drive inside you and a spark to do well and those players have an opportunity to show they can play senior rugby."
Jurgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, Ulrich Beyers, Francois Venter, Travis Ismaiel, Tony Jantjies, Rudy Paige, Jono Ross (captain), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Frik Kirsten, Willie Wepener, Morne Mellet.
Replacements: Callie Visagie, Marcell van der Merwe, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Jean Cook, Ruan Snyman, Waylon Murray, Clayton Blommetjies.