The Lions have announced the team that will take on the Southern Kings in PE for the first match of the promotion/relegation fixtures for Super Rugby.
The team features many players making their return to the Johannesburg-based franchise, following an exodus of talent after the Lions were excluded from the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Elton Jantjies makes his return from the Stormers, and will start in the number 10 jersey.
Franco van der Merwe (Sharks) and Martin Bezuidenhout (Stormers) are two more players returning from other franchises in order to help their former union.
Lions – 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (c).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Chrysander Botha.