Pieter-Steyn de Wet will start at flyhalf for the Kings against the Lions at Ellis Park in the absence of Lionel Cronjé.
Cronjé has a small crack in his jaw, which was plated on Thursday. He has been ruled out for a week and will be available for South Africa A's matches against the French Barbarians in June.
The Kings will be without another SA A representative, loose forward Andisa Ntsila, who has a shoulder injury that will also sideline him for a week. He has been replaced by Tyler Paul.
In some good news for the Kings, flanker Chris Cloete will return to the starting XV after being sidelined with a concussion for the match against the Brumbies.
Ross Geldenhuys will captain the team on Sunday.
Kings – 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Alshaun Bock, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tyler Paul, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys (c), 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Mzamo Majola, 19 Lubabalo 'Giant' Mtyanda, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa, 23 Stokkies Hanekom.
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