Earl Rose will start at fullback with Louis Ludik shifting to the wing in the team to face the Highlanders.
Jannie Boshoff’s dislocated finger has necessitated the move and is the only change in the backs.
Last week’s captain Ernst Joubert has been dropped from the 22 with Robert Kruger starting. Baywatch Grobbelaar has been given an extra day to prove his fitness and is bracketed with promising Johan van Deventer on the other flank. If Grobbelaar fails his fitness test Jaque Fourie will lead the side.
On the bench lock Gerhard Mostert is out for an extended period with a shoulder injury and Franco van der Merwe fills his place, while Todd Clever also returns.
Centre Walter Venter could make his first appearance of the season if used as a replacement.
Lions – 15, Earl Rose, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie (v/c), 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Baywatch Grobbelaar/Johan van Deventer, 5 Jannes Labuschagne, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Michael Killian.