Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Wednesday announced his team to take on the Cheetahs in their opening Currie Cup encounter at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
Ackermann opted for Marnitz Boshoff at flyhalf, while Elton Jantjies was named on the bench.
Jantjies started in their 23-18 promotion-relegation loss at home to the Kings last week which saw them regain their Super Rugby status courtesy of a superior points difference, having won 26-19 in PE the previous week.
15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie (captain), 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greef, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Cronje/Robert de Bruyn
Free State Cheetahs: