European Professional Club Rugby | Goosen returns for Vodacom Bulls


Johan Goosen will make his long-awaited return for the Vodacom Bulls ahead of their All-Heineken Champions Cup Pool A clash with Edinburgh Rugby in a United Rugby Championship (URC) competition on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa international Goosen has been sidelined since the start of the 2021-22 season but has recovered from his long-term injury to play the Bulls’ second gameweek game at Loftus Versfeld and will start the game at full-back.

Goosen won’t be the only change in the Bulls’ starting XV. Stravino Jacobs comes on for S’bu Nkosi, who is on international duty, while Zak Burger starts the scrum half and Elrigh Louw replaces the injured Mihlali Mosi in 8th.

In their very first game in Pretoria, Edinburgh will see Scotland international Sam Skinner make his debut for the club. Joining the second row is club co-captain Grant Gilchrist, who returns to starting XV, while loosehead prop master and former Bulls player Pierre Schoeman also comes in.

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There are also changes in Edinburgh’s back line, with Blair Kinghorn, Henry Pyrgos and James Lang all stepping in after their performances off the bench last week.

Four other Heineken Champions Cup clubs will also take part in URC matches over the weekend.

Ulster Rugby travel to Wales on Saturday to take on Scarlets, rejuvenated by a host of Irish internationals including Rob Herring, who returns to the squad after the nation’s historic series win in New Zealand.

Also provincial Ireland’s Munster Rugby will take on Dragons in Wales on Sunday. They make eight changes to their starting lineup, including Keith Earls and Simon Zebo starting on either wing.

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The Ospreys will host South African side Sigma Lions where Jack Walsh will make his first start for the club. DHL Stormers conclude the weekend’s round of play for the URC cohort with a Saturday game against EPCR Challenge Cup contenders, Connacht Rugby.

Seven of the eight Gallagher Premiership Rugby sides in this year’s Heineken Champions Cup are in action this weekend.

Premier League champions Leicester Tigers travel to fellow Heineken Champions Cup team Northampton Saints for an East Midlands derby, the 250th of all time, on Saturday.

Full-back Freddie Steward is expected to make his first appearance for Leicester this season, while Northampton make seven changes to their XV, including the club’s returning captain Lewis Ludlam.

On Saturday, the Saracens take on Gloucester Rugby in a Pool A-only clash. Mako Vunipola returns for Saracens and is one of four moves to the XV, while Gloucester newcomer Albert Tuisue has given a first start in eighth.

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Pool B, London’s Irish travel to Bristol Bears while Exeter Chiefs end the weekend’s Premiership rugby with a Sunday afternoon clash against the Harlequins, with Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams and Henry Slade all giving up their first starts.

Finally, in the TOP 14, Team Racing 92 from Pool A meets teammates from Pool B, Stade Toulousain on Saturday.

Montpellier HĂ©rault Rugby host Section Paloise on Saturday, while Castres Olympique take on CA Brive, Union Bordeaux-Bègles travel to Aviron Bayonnais and last year’s EPCR Challenge Cup winners Lyon host the Stade Français Paris.

Elsewhere on Sunday, ASM Clermont-Auvergne host last season’s Heineken Champions Cup winner Stade Rochelais.





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