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Province recall Pietersen for Currie Cup

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Fullback Joe Pietersen returns to Currie Cup action after an injury-enforced lay-off and will replace Gio Aplon in the Western Province starting XV against the Leopards at Newlands on Saturday.

Aplon has not been discarded and will run out on the left wing in the place of the injured Sireli Naqelevuki who is battling with a knee injury. Province coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes in the pack and lock Hilton Lobberts will enjoy a rare start.

He comes in for New Zealander Chris Jack, who will warm the bench. Flanker Duane Vermeulen returns from injury and the in-form Pieter Louw has been relegated to the bench.

In the front row Wicus Blaauw makes way for JD Moller in what is no more than a rotation move.
 
And Springbok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie finally returns to the spotlight. His good form at club level has been rewarded with a place on the bench.

More to follow.

The WP team is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen,14. Tonderai Chavhanga,13. Juan De Jongh,12. Peter Grant,11. Gio Aplon,10. Willem De Waal,9. Conrad Hoffmann,8. Luke Watson (C),7. Duane Vermeulen,6. Francois Louw,5. Anton Van Zyl ,4. Hilton Lobberts,3. Brok Harris,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. JD Moller

Reserves:,16. Deon Fourie,17. Wicus Blaauw,18. Chris Jack,19. Pieter Louw,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Morgan Newman,22. Frikkie Welsh

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