De Klerk was, however, allowed to return to the domestic showpiece and will have a crucial role to play for the Pumas in the Currie Cup.
Meanwhile experienced midfielder Stefan Watermeyer will captain the Pumas in their first outing while lock Lubabalo ‘Giant’ Mtyanda will be his vice- captain.
Mtyanda ran out for the Sharks during Super Rugby and he is joined back in Nelspruit by prop Corné Fourie who, like De Klerk, formed part of a formidable Lions outfit.
Watermeyer, who was a key figure in the Nelspruit-based outfit’s victorious Vodacom Cup campaign, will play in his 43rd match for the Pumas.
Fullback John-Wessel Bell will take to the field in his 50th game for the Pumas.
Steval Pumas Team: 15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Juan-Claude Roos, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 De-Jay Terblanché, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jason-Colin Fraser, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz.
Article source: http://citizen.co.za/442185/faf-back-in-pumas-line-up/