Lions bring in Boks for Cheetahs
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Lions head coach Johan Ackerman has named eight Springboks in the starting XV against the Cheetahs on Saturday, February 25.
The Lions will head to Bloemfontein under the guidance of regular skipper Warren Whiteley.
Fellow Springbok Lionel Mapoe will slot to right wing as cover for the absent Ruan Combrink, who is recovering from a shoulder operation.
While, Howard Mnisi will take up the role as outside centre.
Johannes Jonker will make his debut for the Lions if he takes the field. The 22-year-old prop joined the Lions from the Border Bulldogs.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Jaco van der Walt.
Date: Saturday, February 25
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15.05 (13.05 GMT)
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)