The Lions are set to take on the Sharks on Friday evening in Johannesburg.
Lions team and injury news
Lions flanker Cyle Brink makes his return to the playing field this weekend after seven months on the side-line with a knee injury for the big clash with the Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.
Brink sustained the injury during a Springbok training session when someone fell on him and he tore his right patella tendon just below the knee cap.
Meanwhile, Aphiwe Dyantyi will start at outside centre in place of Wandisile Simelane, who has been bracketed on the bench.
Lions: 5 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Lionel Mapoe, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruan Vermaak, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan Macbeth, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Stephan Lewies, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Hacjivah Dayimani, 23 Sylvian Mahuza/Wandisile Simelane
Sharks team and injury news
Head coach Robert du Preez made two changes to the Sharks’ starting XV.
The loss of Akker van der Merwe to a three-week suspension has necessitated a change in the front row, with Kerron van Vuuren starting and Fez Mbatha coming onto the bench as cover at hooker.
Curwin Bosch replacing Aphelele Fassi at fullback is the only other change to the starting XV.
On the bench, Juan Schoeman comes in for Khutha Mchunu while JJ van der Mescht is poised to make his Super Rugby debut, replacing Gideon Koegelenberg as cover at lock.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch‚ 14 Lwazi Mvovo‚ 13 Lukhanyo Am‚ 12 André Esterhuizen‚ 11 Makazole Mapimpi‚ 10 Rob du Preez‚ 9 Louis‚ Schreuder (c)‚ 8 Dan du Preez‚ 7 Jacques Vermeulen‚ 6 Luke Stringer‚ 5 Hyron Andrews‚ 4 Ruben van Heerden‚ 3 Coenie Oosthuizen‚ 2 Kerron van Vuuren‚ 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha‚ 17 Juan Schoeman‚ 18 Thomas du Toit‚ 19 JJ van der Mescht‚ 20 Philip van der Walt‚ 21 Grant Williams‚ 22 Kobus van Wyk‚ 23 Aphelele Fassi
Friday, 5 April at 19:10 (SAST).
TV & Live Stream
The game will be broadcast live on Supersport 1 (SS1).