In the backline, Lionel Mapoe shifts to outside centre with Stokkies Hanekom moving into the inside centre berth. Courtnall Skosan has been recalled to the starting side at left wing.
Ricky Schroeder will start at scrumhalf in the place of injured Ross Cronje.
In the forwards, Willie Britz will start at eighthman, while Kwagga Smith has also been called up to the starting XV at flank. Armand van der Merwe will start the match at hooker.
Flank Jaco Kriel will need to pass a late medical test in order to start this weekend, after he sustained a minor calf injury at Tuesday’s training session.
On the bench, Malcolm Marx will cover hooker and will look to make his Absa Currie Cup debut should he get a run out. Michael Bondesio has been called up to provide scrumhalf cover.
The match will get under way at 5.05pm.
Lions: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe (capt), Stokkies Hanekom, Courtnall Skosan; Jaco van der Walt, Ricky Schroeder; Willie Britz, Kwagga Smith, Jaco Kriel/Warwick Tecklenburg, Franco Mostert, MB Lusaseni; Ruan Dreyer, Armand van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe.. Bench: Malcolm Marx, Jacques van Rooyen, Martin Muller, . Warwick Tecklenburg/Steph de Wit, ichael Bondesio, . Mark Richards, Howard Mnisi.