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At Coca-Cola Park, Saturday March 31, kick-off 4.05pm
The Lions have named Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe on the bench for the visit of the Crusaders on Saturday.
The duo had been pushing hard for immediate recalls to the starting XV after recovering from injury, however John Mitchell has opted to ease them back into action.
Alwyn Hollenbach does come into the line-up, though, with the centre replacing Doppies la Grange in the only change following the loss to the Stormers.
The Crusaders will welcome back Dan Carter to their starting XV for the trip to Johannesburg.
The All Blacks international made his return from injury off the bench in the 28-21 win over the Cheetahs - however he has now been handed his No.10 shirt.
Carter's inclusion means Tom Taylor moves to inside centre, with Ryan Crotty dropping to the bench.
There are two other changes for the Canterbury club, with Wyatt Crockett and George Whitelock handed starts.
Lions: 15 James Kamana, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Andries Coetzee, 10 Butch James, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (capt), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Greeff, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe.
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Ryan Crotty, 22 Tom Marshall.
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