Ruan Ackermann will start at No 8 for the Lions in Saturday's semi-final against the Highlanders at Ellis Park.
Ackermann's inclusion comes after captain Warren Whiteley was ruled out with a calf injury he sustained in the quarter-final against the Crusaders. Jaco Kriel will take over the captaincy.
'The decision about Warren was made today,' said Lions coach Johan Ackermann. 'I haven't had a chance to talk to Ruan yet. He must just play his normal game.'
Meanwhile, replacement scrumhalf Ross Cronjé has not recovered from a contusion injury and his place on the bench is taken by Dillon Smit.
Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Steph de Witt, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Jaco van der Walt.
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