Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man team to take on the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday evening.
Ackermann has made just one forced change in the forwards and two changes in the backline for the encounter. In the forwards, Martin Muller comes in at lock for the injured Franco van der Merwe. Meanwhile, in the backline, Andries Coetzee will start at fullback with Lionel Mapoe coming into the starting XV at outside centre. As a result, Deon van Rensburg shifts to wing.
On the wood, Malcolm Marx is primed to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut while Warwick Tecklenburg and Elton Jantjies are also two new inclusions for Saturday’s clash. The match will kick off at 17h05 and will be preceded by a club curtain-raiser between Raiders and Pirates.
Andries Coetzee, Deon van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Stefan Watermeyer, Courtnall Skosan, Marnitz Boshoff, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley (c), Willie Britz, Jaco Kriel, Martin Muller, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys, Willie Wepener, Schalk van der Merwe
Malcolm Marx, Corne Fourie, Ruan Dreyer, MB Lusaseni, Warwick Tecklenburg, Ross Cronje, Elton Jantjies, JW Jonker,