The men from Johannesburg depart on their tour of Australasia on Saturday 22 February. Included in the tour squad are the experienced forward duo of Springboks Jannie du Plessis and Willem Alberts, while Elton Jantjies will lead the team on their trip. 

In Australia, they will face the Waratahs in Sydney (28 February) and Rebels in Melbourne (7 March) before heading over to New Zealand for matches against the Blues in Auckland (14 March) and Hughlanders in Dunedin (21 March).

Last year, the Emirates Lions beat the Chiefs in Hamilton, but lost to the Crusaders and Brumbies on tour Down Under.

Emirates Lions tour squad:

Forwards - Willem Alberts, Jan-Henning Campher, Hacjivah Dayimani, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter Jansen, Len Massyn, Marvin Orie, Carlu Sadie, Marnus Schoeman, Ruben Schoeman, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Vincent Tshituka, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Frans van Wyk.

Backs - Andries Coetzee, Tyrone Green, Elton Jantjies, Dan Kriel, Manual Rass, Shaun Reynolds, Wandisile Simelane, Courtnell Skosan, Jamba Ulengo, Morne van den Berg, Andre Warner.