The Lions have named their side that will run out on their return to Super Rugby action at the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Lions have named their team that will run out on their return to Super Rugby action against the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium on Saturday.
Johan Ackermann's XV includes six Super Rugby debutants, namely Chrysander Botha, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Schalk van der Merwe.
Warren Whiteley captains from number eight.
Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha , 14 Deon van Rensburg , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 12 Stefan Watermeyer , 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.
Date: Saturday, February 15
Kick off: 17:05 (local), 15:05 (GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)