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Orie returns for Lions against Rebels

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Lions Super rugby head coach Swys de Bruin has named his team to play the unbeaten Melbourne Rebels in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Lions will have a new lock pairing as Marvin Orie returns to action.

Orie was injured against the Stormers in mid-February and makes his return for the big clash with the Rebels and will be parterned by Stephan Lewies.

The side shows four changes to the starting XV which sees Tyrone Green starting at full-back and Ruan Combrinck coming in at wing.

On the bench hooker Jan-Henning Campher makes a first appearance for the Lions, Sti Sithole returns, as do locks Rhyno Herbst and Ruan Vermaak while Lionel Mapoe and Andries Coetzee are both expected to take the field from the bench.

Lions

Tyrone Green; Ruan Combrinck, Wandisile Simelane, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Kwagga Smith, Vincent Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Stephan Lewies, Marvin Orie, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith.

Replacements : Jan-Henning Campher, Sti Sithole, Frans van Wyk, Rhyno Herbst, Ruan Vermaak, Gianni Lombard, Lionel Mapoe, Andries Coetzee

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