Super Rugby

Sunwolves ring the changes for Bulls




The Sunwolves have named a team with several changes for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Tokyo.

The Sunwolves have brought back Kotaro Matsushima, Takaaki Nakazuru, Hayden Cripps and Fumiaki Tanaka in the back line for this week.

In the forwards Yasuo Yamaji starts at tighthead replacing Heiichiro Ito while Uwe Helu replaces Sam Wykes.

“The team sees some changes across the field and I am delighted to name Timothy Lafaele as the game captain of the Sunwolves for this Saturday. Tim has grown into his leadership role and is well deserved of his place. We welcome back a host of our national players and can’t wait for them to display their talents and experience in front of our fans at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

Keita Inagaki, Takeshi Kizu, Kotaro Matsuhima, Yu Tamura and Yuki Yatomi.

Debuting for the Sunwolve for the first time includes, Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, Nunomaki Shunsuke and Matsushima. “We love playing at home and to host a team like the Bulls in Tokyo is a special occasion for the organisation and our fans. Our fans will not only get an opportunity to watch their Sunwolves players but view some world class playerslike Adriaan Strauss and Handre Pollard at the same time.”

“Regular captain Edward Quirk has sustained a complaint and is unavailable alongside Jamie-Jerry Taulagi who also joins the medical list due to an injury sustained during training. Willem Britz has returned home for personal reasons and will also miss the clash. ”


15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka

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