Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named a 23-man side to face the Southern Kings in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday.
Several players that Ackermann opted to rest for last weekend’s warm-up, against the Leopards/NWU-Pukke, will make the trip down to the Eastern Cape.
Julian Redelinghuys, Franco van der Merwe, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Michael Bondesio, Marnitz Boshoff and Andries Coetzee will all start this weekend’s match.
In other changes, Willie Wepener is promoted to the starting XV as Robbie Coetzee provides cover on the wood.
In the backline, Lionel Mapoe comes in at outside centre as JW Jonker is moved to the bench. Chrysander Botha will also start at wing for this fixture.
The match will kick off at 17h00.
15. Andries Coetzee,14. Chrysander Botha,13. Lionel Mapoe,12. Stefan Watermeyer,11. Courtnall Skosan,10. Marnitz Boshoff,9. Michael Bondesio,8. Warren Whiteley (c) ,7. Derick Minnie,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco van der Merwe ,4. Rudi Mathee,3. Julian Redelinghuys,2. Willie Wepener ,1. Schalk van der Merwe,
Replacements : 16. Robbie Coetzee,17. Jacques van Rooyen,18. Corne Fourie ,19. Willie Britz ,20. Warwick Tecklenburg,21. Faf de Klerk,22. Willie du Plessis ,23. JW Jonker