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Sunwolves make seven changes for Chiefs



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Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia has named his team to face the Chiefs this weekend in Hamilton and made seven changes to the side that were beaten last week by the Highlanders.

Three of the changes are in the backs as Teruya Goto comes into the side, with Derek Carpenter who partners Will Tupou in the midfield.

Hayden Cripps starts at flyhalf with Yu Tamura rotating to the replacements bench.

“We have done very good practice based in Wellington this week,” said Head Coach Filo Tiatia

“It was good weather. We have learnt from playing against the Crusaders and obviously the Highlanders last week. We are learning all the time. South African teams are totally different from the New Zealand teams. Body profile, style of rugby New Zealand teams are playing is also different from Australian teams as well.

“We are trying to understand how New Zealand teams are playing. Chiefs will play in the totally different style from the Hurricanes, the Crusaders, and also the Highlanders. It is interesting because we have to analyze in slightly different way. “Chiefs have proud legacy and passion with long history. There will be exciting challenge.

In the forwards Shunsuki Nunomaki starts at openside flanker while lock Shinya Makabe comes in for Uwe Helu.

In the front row Takeshi Kizu starts at hooker and Heiichiro Ito starts at tighthead prop.

“Obviously that was very tough game against the Crusaders but took very good learnings out of it and we are going into the Highlanders game, ” added Edward Quirk

“As you saw we have improved but still we are patchy. So we are going to put all of our learning from the last three weeks in New Zealand teams and put it all together into the next game against the Chiefs. Chiefs will be very hungry at their home ground. “”

We definitely go out with a really good performance before leaving New Zealand. We just want to focus on playing with good performance in New Zealand throughout whole 80 minutes. ”


15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shunsuki Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements : 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

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