Sunwolves Super Rugby head coach Filo Tiatia has announced his squad that will contest the 2017 Super Rugby season representing Japanese and Asian rugby.
Of the new signings for the 2017 Super Rugby season is the inclusion of South African back-row Willie Britz but the biggest surprise is former Highlanders half back Fumiaki Tanaka.
A notable surprise in the Sunwolves Super Rugby squad announcement is the omission of Akihito Yamada who was the team’s star winger in the 2016 season.
Sunwolves 2017 squad
Keita Inagaki, Masataka Mikami, Koki Yamamoto, Takeshi Kizu, Takeshi Hino, Shota Horie, Takuma Asahara, Heiichiro Ito, Koo Jiwon, Hitoshi Ono, Kyosuke Kajikawa, Shinya Makabe, Liaki Moli, Willem Britz, Edward Quirk, Uwe Helu, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shuhei Matsuhashi, Malgene Ilaua, Yuhimaru Mimura
Keisuke Uchida, Takahiro Ogawa, Fumiaki Tanaka, Kaito Shigeno, Yuki Yatomi, Harumichi Tatekawa, Hikaru Tamura, Yu Tamura, Hayden Cripps, Teruya Goto, Kenki Fukuoka, Timothy Lafaele, Derek Carpenter, Yasutaka Sasakura, Kotaro Matsushima, Riaan Viljoen
The Sunwolves will also have a new playing kit and the team slogan – “Rise as one”