Big Rohan Janse van Rensburg will be at his post in the midfield when the Lions face the Waratahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday after the passing of his mother on Thursday evening.
The young Springbok was with the team on Friday morning and indicated that he wants to play. He was selected in his regular position at inside centre for this fixture.
The big 22 year old scored a brace on the right wing against the Cheetahs last weekend when he and Lionel Mapoe interchanged places during the game.
Mapoe will start on the wing this weekend with Harold Vorster partnering Janse van Rensburg in die midfield, replacing the injured Howard Mnisi.
The Lions brain trust of Johan Ackermann and Swys de Bruin made two further changes to the side that beat the Cheetahs.
Ross Cronjé starts after his cameo in Bloemfontein and Robbie Coetzee starts at hooker with Malcolm Marx moving down to the bench.
Loosehead Dylan Smith is also back in the fold and starts from the bench with Jacques van Rooyen propping up the scrum with Ruan Dreyer.
The speedster Sylvian Mahuza has been selected on the bench with Faf de Klerk, Kwagga Smith and the other reserves.
Lions versus Waratahs: Andries Coetzee; Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Courtnal Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronjé; Warren Whiteley ©, Ruan Ackermann, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Andries Ferreira, Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen. Reserves: Malcolm Marx Merwe, Dylan Smith, Johannes Jonker, Makou Erasmus, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Sylvian Mahuza, Jaco van der Walt.
Pic: Deon van der Merwe