Johannesburg - Butch James has returned to the Lions’ starting line-up for their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park after serving his four-week suspension.
James was banned for a dangerous charge against the Brumbies in April. With Jaco Taute out with a shoulder injury, James slots into the No 12 jersey.
There are two other changes in the run-on side from the one that lost 17-11 to the Force last weekend.
Lock Hendrik Roodt is promoted to the second row in place of Ruan Botha, who is on international duty with the Baby Boks, while in the backline, wing Anthonie Volminck is rotated with Michael Killian.
Centre Waylon Murray will start on the bench after a long injury layoff.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan Combrinck
15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer
Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan
Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4
Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre
Marais, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Louis