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Super Rugby moves back to Tokyo in the first match on Saturday as the Sunwolves host the Rebels from Melbourne at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

These teams have never played each other before and the Rebels will be the first Australian team to play a Super Rugby match in Tokyo.

The Sunwolves have played two matches so far and last week at half time it looked like they could be on their way to their first victory. The Cheetahs however fought their way back into the match and snatched the victory so the Japanese side are still winless.

The Rebels have played three matches to date and they have won two and lost one. They have beaten the Reds and the Force but they loss to the Bulls so they have yet to beat a foreign team this year.

The Sunwolves have made three changes to the side that played last week. In the back line Mifiposeti Paea replaces Yasutaka Sasakura in the starting line with the latter dropping to the bench.

Yoshiya Hosoda comes in to wear the No.6 jersey replacing Liaki Moli who drops out of the 23.

Takuma Asahara comes into the second row and his place on the bench from last week is taken up by Shinnosuke Kakinaga.

The Rebels have been able to name captain Nic Stirzaker in the team for the first time in 2016. Scott Fuglistaller has also been included for the first time but like Stirzaker he is on bench.

In the starting line up there are two changes to the side that played last week with Tamati Ellison clear of concussion after missing the team’s two-point victory over the Reds last weekend and Pat Leafa starting at hooker.

Sunwolves captain Shota Horie played 18 Super Rugby matches for the Rebels and this will be his first time facing his former team mates.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. While the Sunwolves look dangerous when they move the ball with speed the Rebels should have enough experience to win this by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA but not live in the UK.

Average score: N/A

No past results

Match No.28:Sunwolves v Rebels
Date : Saturday 19 March 2016
Venue : Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick Off local: 13:15 local
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Noriaki Hashimoto
TMO : Takashi Hareda

Teams

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13.Harumichi Tatekawa , 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Mifiposeti Paea, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Yoshiya Hosoda, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Keith Inagaki.

Replacements : 16.Takeshi Kizu,17. Masataka Mikami,18.Shinosuke Kakinaga , 19.Shinya Makabe, 20.Tomas Leonardi, 21, Kaito Shigeno, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23. Yasutaka Sasakura

Melbourne Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. Pat Leafa , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6. Jordy Reid , 7. Sean McMahon (captain) , 8. Adam Thomson , 9. Ben Meehan , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Tom English , 12. Mitch Inman , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Jonah Placid

Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Jamie Hagan , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Scott Fuglistaller , 21. Nic Stirzaker , 22. Dan Hawkins , 23. Stone Tuipulotu

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