Butch James captains Lions against Blue Bulls

The Golden Lions have named their team to face the Blue Bulls at Coca-Cola Park in the Currie Cup with Butch James starting the match ahead of Elton Jantjies and as captain.


The Lions have made eight changes to the starting line up that played the Griquas last weekend for this week’s final round clash and as James in captain Derick Minnie is vice captain.


In the front row CJ van der Linde replaces JC Janse van Rensburg at Loose Head Prop while Pat Cilliers, who returns from Springboks, replaces Jacobie Adriaanse at Tight Head.


In the second row Paul Willemse replaces Franco van der Merwe at Right Lock and Jaco Kriel replaces Cobus Grobbelaar at Left Flanker.


At right flanker Derick Minnie replaces Jaco Kriel and Willie Britz replaces Warren Whiteley at Number Eight.


In the backs at left wing Anthony Volmink comes into replace Ruan Combrinck as he moves to full back replacing Andries Coetzee.


The bench has six changes Jacobie Adriaanse replaces Caylib Oosthuizen at Reserve Prop and Franco van der Merwe replaces Willie Britz at Utility Forward


Warren Whiteley replaces Derick Minnie at Utility Forward and Whestley Moolman replaces Guy Cronje at Reserve Scrum Half.


Springbok fly half Elton Jantjies returns to the team on the bench and takes Dylan des Fountain’s place as a utility back while Lionel Mapoe replaces James Kamana.


Golden Lions


15 Ruan Combrinck , 14 Deon Helberg , 13 Deon Van Rensburg , 12 Alwyn Hollenbach , 11 Anthony Volmink , 10 Butch James (c) , 9 Ross Cronje , 8 Willie Britz , 7 Derick Minnie (vc) , 6 Jaco Kriel , 5 Paul Willemse , 4 Michael Rhodes , 3 Prop Pat Cilliers , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 Prop CJ Van der Linde


Replacements: , 16 Bandise Maku , 17 Jacobie Adriaanse , 18 Franco Van der Merwe , 19Warren Whiteley , 20 Whestley Moolman , 21 Elton Jantjies , 22 Lionel Mapoe

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