MTN Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has included all three of the players that recently returned from their loan stints at other Super Rugby franchises and Elton Jantjies, Franco van der Merwe and Martin Bezuidenhout will start in their promotion/relegation clash with the Southern Kings.
The first of the two matches - to be played on a home and away basis - will be played on Friday evening in Port Elizabeth with a local kick off of 19h10.
On the injury front, the Lions welcome back Hendrik Roodt, who has recovered from German measles.
Michael Bondesio has also recovered from his calf, while Warren Whiteley also returns.
The MTN Lions team is:
15. Ruan Combrinck, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Dylan des Fountain, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Willie Britz, 19. Warwick Tecklenburg, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Chrysander Botha
Meanwhile Darron Nell has been named captain of the Southern Kings squad for the clash. Regular captain Andries Strauss broke his hand in training last week.
The Kings team is:
15. SP Marais, 11. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke (Vice Captain), 12. Shane Gates, 14. Hadleigh Parkes, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Darron Nell (Captain), 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira. Substitutes: 16. Charl du Plessis, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Waylon Murray