Lions centre Dan Kriel will captain the Johannesburg side in the absence of Elton Jantjies who is currently playing a stint at Pau in France as a medical joker.
There are a few noticeable omissions in the side with Willem Alberts not involved while Carlu Sadie only makes the bench with the experienced Jannie du Plessis backed to start.
Fred Zeilanga will partner Andre Warner in a new look halfback combination that will likely feature throughout the tournament.
An exciting loose trio of Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser and Francke Horn will look to try and impress against the Bulls in a clash that sees the men from Pretoria go into as major favourites.
@emirates Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has remained firm on the succession plan of the Lions Rugby Company by putting his faith in the blend of youth and experience for the first round of the Rainbow Cup SA that kicks off this weekend at Loftus Versfeld against the Vodacom Bulls. pic.twitter.com/oqhdwuBlaa
— Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) April 29, 2021