Murray returns to Lions midfield

Waylon Murray will start alongside Butch James in the centres when the Lions host the Rebels on Saturday.

Murray’s inclusion at No 13 allows Lionel Mapoe to move back to the wing. James Kamana is reinstated at fullback, while scrumhalf Michael Bondesio is promoted to the starting side.

Interim coach Johan Ackermann has retained the same starting pack that fronted the Stormers last week.

Lions – 15 James Kamana, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 JR Esterhuizen, 22 Ruan Combrinck