Mostert to lead Lions against Sunwolves
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Francois Mostert will lead the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday when they host the Sunwolves in Round Five of Super Rugby.
Mostert takes over the captaincy from Warren Whiteley who sustained a grade two posterior cruciate ligament injury in the match against the Blues last weekend and will be out for up to four weeks
Mostert will again don the No.7 jumper in his 69th Super Rugby match on Saturday.
In other changes, Dylan Smith and Jacobie Adriaanse gets a start in the front row while Lourens Erasmus will partner with Marvin Orie at lock. Albertus Smith starts at No.6 flank and Len Massyn will pack down at No.8.
In the backline Harold Vorster returns to the midfield, which sees Rohan Janse van Rensburg move out to the wing.
These changes are rotational and gives some senior players a rest ahead of the trip to Argentina next week where they will face the Jaguares.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Francois Mostert, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobus Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Shaun Reynolds.
Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT; 00.15 Japan time Sunday, March 18)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Stephen Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)