Furthermore, Blitzbok star Kurt-Lee Arendse is back at fullback for the clash at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday night, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport from 19h30 (SA time).

The trio replace the suspended Morne Steyn (flyhalf), Zak Burger (scrumhalf) and David Kriel (fullback), none of whom travelled to Italy.

The Vodacom Bulls’ forwards are unchanged from the team that came close against the Cell C Sharks two weekends ago.

Three new players have been included on the bench in WJ Steenkamp (loose forward), Keagan Johannes (scrumhalf) and Juan Mostert (flyhalf).

Vodacom Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp. Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Robert Hunt, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Juan Mostert, 23 Canan Moodie.