Butch, who is due to retire from all forms of rugby at the end of this season, will captain the defending champions in their last league game of the season.
Having already qualified for the post season, Lions coach Johan Ackermann has decided to rest the majority of his first string players with the aim of having them firing on all cylinders come next week’s semi-finals. The only returning Boks that will be included in the squad are CJ van der Linde and Pat Cilliers, both props allowing regular captain JC Janse van Rensburg a well-deserved break.
In all there are 8 changes, however some are positional.
Cilliers comes in for Jacobie Adriaanse (rested but benched), Ruan Botha (injury) is replaced by Paul Willemse and Franco van der Merwe drops to the bench to allow him a bit of a break. Jaco Kriel comes in for Cobus Grobblar (rested), Derick Minnie drops to the bench to minimise his playing time and Willie Britz replaces Warren Whitely at no.8.
In the backs Anthony Volmink comes in on the wing, pushing Ruan Combrinck to fullback and Andries Coetzee (rested) falls out of the match day 22.
Returning Boks Elton Janties and Lionel Mapoe will start from the bench while Jaco Taute will be rested completely.
The Lions host the Blue Bulls on Saturday, KO 19:10 CAT (18:10 BST)
Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Andrew James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe.