Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named Lionel Mapoe as captain for their Currie Cup meeting with Western Province.
Golden Lions boss Johan Ackermann has named Lionel Mapoe as captain for their Currie Cup clash with Western Province at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Mapoe moves from wing to outside centre and takes over the leadership duties from Derick Minnie, who is not involved due to a hand injury.
Because of Mapoe's move to centre, Stokkies Hanekom shifts to the number twelve jersey while Courtnall Skosan has been recalled to the wing.
Ricky Schroeder will start at scrum-half alongside Jaco van der Walt in place of injured Ross Cronje.
In the forwards, Willie Britz will start at number eight, while Kwagga Smith has also been called up at flank. Armand van der Merwe will start the match at hooker.
Jaco Kriel will need to pass a late medical test on his calf muscle in order to start the game.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe (capt), 12 Stokkies Hanekom, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ricky Schroeder, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel/Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg/Steph de Wit, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.
Date: Saturday, September 13
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Tahla Ntshakaza
Television match official: Willie Vos
Assessor: Deon van Blommestein