Lions bring out big guns for Sunwolves
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lions have brought out their big-name players for their Super Rugby clash against the Sunwolves on Saturday.
The Lions' Springboks and SA 'A' players are back for the encounter at Ellis Park with the exception of captain Warren Whiteley.
Whiteley was ruled out with a pelvis injury and is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks.
In Whiteley's absence, Jaco Kriel will captain the side.
The match is the Lions' penultimate Super Rugby match before the play-offs start.
The team has a bye next week and travel to Durban to take on the Sharks on July 15.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.
Date: Saturday, July 1
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT; 00.15 Japan time, Sunday, July 2)
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Shaun Veldsman