Former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss is in line to equal the record for the most Vodacom Super Rugby appearances by any South African when the Vodacom Bulls take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday morning,Kick-off is at 08h35.
A few hours later the Cell C Sharks will also attempt to get their tour back on track when they meet the much improved Rebels at 10h45 in Melbourne.
The DHL Stormers, who bagged a superb win against the Blues last weekend, face the Reds at 17h15 at DHL Newlands on Saturday and in the final match of the weekend, the Emirates Lions will be eager to end their winless streak in Argentina when they tackle the Jaguares at 21h40 in Buenos Aires.
Vodacom Bulls coach John Mitchell made several changes to his starting line-up that lost to the Chiefs for visit to Christchurch. Apart from Agaba and Papier, he also picked lock Jason Jenkins as replacement for the injured RG Snyman, while Jesse Kriel will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap against the defending champions.
The 32-year-old Strauss, who was again selected on the bench, is in line to equal Victor Matfield’s SA record of 148 matches at this level. Strauss, who made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Pretorians way back in 2006 and is on 50 caps for them, also played 97 times for the Toyota Cheetahs.
Included on the bench for the home team is All Black prop Wyatt Crockett, who is the most-capped Vodacom Super Rugby player of all time, with 191 appearances at this level.