The Lions have made three changes to their starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with he Chiefs in Hamilton.
There are as many on the bench.
Harold Vorster will partner Lionel Mapoe in midfield with Howard Mnisi moving to the bench and among the forwards the old KES pairing of Malcolm Marx and Dylan Smith gets a start in the red and white jersey.
Akker van der Merwe will wear the number 16 jumper and next to him on the bench is Corné Fourie while Fabian Booysen will make his Super Rugby debut should he get a run.
The red and white Lions jersey will sport the blue and white colours of the Els for Autism Foundation in its numbers on the back in support of golfer Ernie Els, international ambassador of the Lions.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacementss: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
Date: Saturday, March 5
Venue: FMG Stadium, Waikato
Kick-off: 17:15 local (04:15 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Referees: Nick Briant, Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson