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Sunwolves change three for Sharks


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Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett has named a Super Rugby teams with three changes to the starting side for this Friday’s match against the Sharks in Durban.

Hammett has named Yu Tamura as captain of the team as regular captain Shota Horie and his stand in Harumichi Tatekawa are both missing from the line up.

In the backline Mifiposeti Paea comes back in to the starting line up at centre while Kaito Shigeno and Yuki Yatomi have been rotated again.

There is just one change to the forward pack as Faatiga Lemalu comes into the second row to partner Hitoshi Ono.

Hammett has named two new players on the replacements bench as Ryohei Yamanaka and Kentaro Kodama are both included with the latter set to make his debut for the Japanese side.

This match will be the Sunwolves last Super Rugby match this season and their last under Hammett as he will be an assistant coach with the Highlanders next season.


15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (c), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama

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