Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has included captain Warren Whiteley in his team to play the Hurricanes in Wellington in the Super Rugby final.
Whiteley’s return to the starting line up is the only change to the starting side that beat the Highlanders last week.
Ruan Ackermann drops to the replacements bench where he is joined by Ross Cronje. Ackermann and Cronje’s return to the bench pushes Steph de Witt and Dillon Smit out of the team.
1 Dylan Smith , 2 Malcolm Marx , 3 Julian Redelinghuys , 4 Andries Ferreira , 5 Franco Mostert , 6 Jaco Kriel , 7 Warwick Tecklenburg , 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 9 Faf De Klerk , 10 Elton Jantjies , 11 Courtnal Skosan , 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 14 Ruan Combrinck , 15 Andries Coetzee
Replacements: 16. Armand Van Der Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Jacques Van Rooyen , 19. Lourens Erasmus,20. Ruan Ackermann ,21.Ross Cronje,22. Howard Mnisi ,23. Jaco Van Der Walt