Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to start the first Test match against the British and Irish Lions. Kolisi was released from self-isolation this week after testing positive for COVID-19 but he is in the starting fifteen for Saturday's game. The back-line that started their 2019 World Cup final win against England has been named to face the Lions with Willie Le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimbi making up the back three. It's Damien de Allende and Lukahanyo Am in the centre and Faf de Klerk and Handré Pollard as the half-backs. There's four of that team in the pack including Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit in the back row and joined by number 8, Kwagga Smith. Hooker Bongi Mbonambi in the front row with props Ox Nché and Trevor Nyakane and finally Eben Etzebeth who is partnered in the second row by Franco Mostert.
The Lions team will be announced on Thursday morning