The Lions have named a strong side to take on the Pumas at Ellis Park this weekend in their opening game of the Currie Cup season.
The current tournament holders will be co-captained by Howard Mnisi and Ross Cronjé during this year's campaign.
Nine seniors are away on Springbok duty while a few seniors will have a well deserved rest. The side taking on the Pumas is blend of seniors and young stalwarts who performed well in the Currie Cup Qualifying round.
Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (c), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé (c), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques v Rooyen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Corné Fourie
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel
Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Johan Greeff