Lions Super rugby head coach Swys de Bruin has named his team to play the Sharks at Emirates Ellis Park on Friday.
De Bruin has included flanker Cyle Brink in the team ending a seven months on the side-line with a knee injury.
The injury, sustained during a Springbok training session, was a bit of a freak accident as someone fell on him during training and he tore his right patella tendon just below the knee cap.
The Lions will celebrate Lionel Mapoes’ 99th Super Rugby match for the union on Friday. The experienced winger joined the Lions back in 2011 and have gone on to score 29 tries for the men in red and white.
Meanwhile the Lions have confirmed that coach Swys de Bruin has committed to the LRC for another two years.
“Swys (de Bruin) will remain at the Lions and has extended his contract until 2021 with the Franchise. Lions Rugby remains a system driven Franchise focused on stability within the structures of our players and coaches,” said CEO of the Lions Rugby Company Rudolf Straeuli .
Andries Coetzee; Tyrone Green, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Ruan Vermaak, Cyle Brink, Marnus Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx (c), Sti Sithole.
Replacments : Jan-Henning Campher, Nathan McBeth, Frans van Wyk, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Stephan Lewies, Nic Groom, Hacjivah Dayimani, Sylvian Mahuza/Wandisile Simelane