The Lions on Thursday named Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies as their captain for the Super Rugby warm-up clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
Jantjies will skipper the side in the absence of regular captain Warren Whiteley, who had his wisdom teeth removed earlier this week and failed to recover in time.
The Lions will also be without Bok midfield Lionel Mapoe.
He’s nursing a hamstring injury.
It’s both team’s last pre-season clash before the competition kicks off on February 25 with the Lions travelling to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs while the Stormers will host the Bulls.
Bok flanker Jaco Kriel has been named on the bench with the Lions selecting a squad of 29 players who will all get a run on Saturday.
Lions: Jaco van der Walt, Madosh Tambwe, Howard Mnisi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies (capt), Faf de Klerk, Fabian Booysen, Ruan Ackermann, Cyle Brink, Marvin Orie, Franco Mostert, Ruan Dreyer, Malcolm Marx, Jacques van Rooyen
Bench: Akker van der Merwe, Corne Fourie, Hencus van Wyk, Andries Ferreira, Lourens Erasmus, Robert Kruger, Jaco Kriel, Victor Sekekete, Dillon Smit, Andries Coetzee, Harold Vorster, Antony Volmink, Jacques Nel, Sylvian Mahuza.