Jantjies returns to lead strengthened Lions

Elton Jantjies will captain the Lions in their Preparation Series match against the Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Jantjies will start at flyhalf, causing Tiaan Swanepoel to shift back to fullback.

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There are several other key players returning to the starting lineup, including wing Courtnall Skosan, centre pair Wandisile Simelane and Burger Odendaal, flank Vincent Tshituka, lock Willem Alberts and prop Ruan Dreyer.

Meanwhile, Fred Zeilinga, who has joined the Lions on a trial, could get a first run-out after being named on the bench.

Lions – 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Ngia Selengbe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Ruan Dreyer.
Subs: 16 PJ Botha, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Sibusiso Sangweni, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Dan Kriel.

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