Warren Whiteley and Malcolm Marx will both make their eagerly awaited returns from injury this weekend when the Golden Lions take on the Blue Bulls in the SuperSport Challenge on Sunday at the Bill Jardine Stadium.
Whiteley was ruled out of action with a knee problem in March and suffered a number of set backs which kept him out of contention for the Springbok squad.
The 2017 Springbok captain was a front runner to lead the Springboks in the three test series against England before his injury set back ruled him out as an option which saw Siya Kolisi become the first black Springbok captain in history.
Malcolm Marx was set to take up the number two jersey again this series before suffering a hamstring injury while on tour.
Marx has had another immense season for the Lions and is currently their top try scorer in Super Rugby.
The Golden Lions team features a total of six Springbok capped players as a number of them make their way back from injury which includes Courtnall Skosan and Lionel Mapoe.
Ruan Combrinck will start at full back which could become his regular starting position at the union with Andries Coetzee set to join Toulouse whilst the Lions currently have an abundance of talent on the wing.
Xerox Golden Lions Team:
15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 James Venter, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Sithembiso Sithole
Reserves 16 Corné Fourie, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Vincent Tshituka, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Jan-Louis la Grange