Carlos Spencer will start at flyhalf for the Lions on Friday while Jano Vermaak is on the bench.
According to reports in Australia, the former All Blacks pivot ran well during Wednesday’s training session and is likely to play against the Waratahs. JP Joubert will start alongside Spencer, but Vermaak, back from a lengthy injury layoff, should get a run in the second half.
Wing Wigan Pekeur, who flew into Australia on Monday, is also rushed into the match 22 following the tour-ending injury to Dusty Noble.
Lions -15 Earl Rose, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Todd Clever, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Charles Emslie, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Jacques Lombaard, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Wigan Pekeur.