Springbok pivot Elton Jantjies has been dropped for the Lions' Currie Cup clash against the Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Lions boss Johan Ackermann has chosen Marnitz Boshoff at number 10 in Jantjies' place.
Flanker Derrick Minnie has been appointed captain for the season, after first-choice skipper Warren Whiteley was sidelined for two months with a dislocated finger, sustained in last weekend's the promotion-relegation play-off with the Kings in Johannesburg.
Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie (c), 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Cronje/Robert de Bruyn.
Date: Saturday, August 10
Kick-off: 15.00 (14:00 BST, 13.00 GMT)
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen