Fullback Andries Coetzee is set to feature against his former team when Benetton square up against the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Coetzee, who played for the Lions in Super Rugby and in the Currie Cup, has been named on the bench for the Italians in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash on the Highveld.
The 13-cap Springbok is one of six SA-born players in Marco Bortolami’s match-day 23, led by former Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage.
Rhyno Smith, Carl Wegner, Irne Herbst and Corniel Els all retain their starting XV berths from Saturday’s defeat to the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria.
Benetton – 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Tommaso Menoncello, 12 Filippo Drago, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tomas Albornoz, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (c), 8 Thomas Gallo, 7 Giacomo Nicotera, 6 Simone Ferrari, 5 Irnè Herbst, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Giovanni Pettinelli, 2 Manuel Zuliani, 1 Lorenzo Cannone.
Subs: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Ivan Nemer, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Matteo Meggiato, 21 Alessandro Garbisi, 22 Leonardo Marin, 23 Andries Coetzee.