Lions Bok fails fitness test
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Season Springbok utility back Lionel Mapoe failed a fitness test and will not play for the Lions against the Sharks.
The 2016 finalists, the Lions, host an ever-improving Sharks team in Johannesburg on Saturday and what is a crunch cSouth African Conference Two encounter.
Earlier in the week Lions head coach Johan Ackermann retained Springbok discard Francois de Klerk in his starting XV for the clash against the Sharks.
De Klerk was left out of Bok coach Allister Coetzee's latest Springbok training squad ahead of a camp from April 2 to 4 in Stellenbosch.
The 25-year-old is part of an unchanged Lions starting XV.
Players not considered due to injury are Jaco van der Walt, Ruan Combrinck, Howard Mnisi and Dylan Smith.
Sylvian Mahuza's father passed away last week and the wing will attend the funeral this week.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois 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 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Dillon Smit.
Date: Saturday, April 1
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)