Lions' Warren Whiteley returns from chest injury

Warren Whiteley was forced to leave the field during the first half of the Lions' Super Rugby match against the Stormers, having picked up a chest injury. Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Warren Whiteley resumes the captaincy of the Lions having been recalled after injury to face the Chiefs in FMG Stadium in Waikato on Friday.

Whiteley returns after missing seven weeks having sustained a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town.

He joined the Lions' touring squad on Sunday after passing a fitness test on Friday.

He is one of nine changes to the team that lost 31-20 to the Brumbies in round eight.

Springboks Elton Jantjies and Malcolm Marx have rotated out of the side, to be replaced by Gianni Lombard and Robbie Coetzee respectively.

Ross Cronje replaces Nic Groom at scrumhalf, while Sylvian Mahuza has been named at fullback and Courtnall Skosan on the right wing.

Kwagga Smith returns to the backrow, meaning that Stephan Lewies can take his regular position at lock.

Tighthead prop Carlu Sadie and loosehead Sti Sithole complete an all-new front-row.

Lions team: Sylvian Mahuza; Courtnall Skosan, Lionel Mapoe, Franco Naude, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Gianni Lombard, Ross Cronje; Warren Whiteley, Cyle Brink, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie, Stephan Lewies, Carlu Sadie, Robbie Coetzee, Sti Sithole. Replacements: :Malcolm Marx, Frans Van Wyk, Johannes Jonker, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Marnus Schoeman, Nic Groom, Elton Jantjies, Andries Coetzee