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Sunwolves make big changes for Lions

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - MAY 06: Willem Britz of Sunwolves is tackled by Leonardo Senatore of Jaguares during the Super Rugby match between Jaguares and Sunwolves at Estadio Jose Amalfitani on May 6, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images for Sunwolves)

Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves have named a team with 12 changes to the side that played the Cheetahs for this weekend’s match against the Lions on Saturday.

In the backs Yasutaka Sasakura comes in for Kotaro Matsushima at full-back while Derek Carpenter moves from outside to inside centre.

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Harumichi Tatekawa drops out of the matchday 23 and is replaced by Ryohei Yamanaka at inside centre and Teruya Goto comes in for Shota Emi on the wing.

Jumpei Ogura replaces Yu Tamura at fly-half while Keisuke Uchida starts at scrum-half at the expense of Fumiaki Tanaka.

In the forwards the only player to retain his place is Sam Wykes at lock in the number four jersey. The team will be captained by Willie Britz


15 Yasutaka Sasakura, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz (c), 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Kotaro Yatabe, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Masataka Mikami

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Malgene Ilaua, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Kotaro Matsushima