Lions coach Ackermann has left out Faf de Klerk for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies.
This comes after Sale Sharks this week announced that the Springbok will be joining them for next season. The Lions have come out and said no deal has yet been made and that nothing is finalized.
Ross Cronjé again starts at number nine while a new front row in Corné Fourie, Robbie Coetzee and Johannes Jonker will get a start in place of Jacques van Rooyen, Malcolm Marx and Ruan Dreyer.
At lock Andries Ferreira returns in the place of Lourens Erasmus while Cyle Brink is replaced by Ruan Ackermann.
A decision on the cover at flank on the bench will be made later in the week with Robert Kruger bracketed with Cyle Brink.
Justin Ackerman will be joining the squad in Australia to provide back-up for the injured Hencus van Wyk.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Robert Kruger/Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink