Super Rugby

Sunwolves ring changes for Stormers

Mark Hammett (Gallo Images)
Mark Hammett (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has named his team for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands.

Hammett has made several changes to the team that lost 33-28 to the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth last weekend.

Up front, there are two new starting props in Masataka Mikami and Takuma Asahara, while Shinya Makabe comes in at lock to partner Timothy Bond.

Argentine international Tomas Leonardi is also back in the starting team at No 8, with Ed Quirk moving to flank and Andrew Durutalo dropping to the bench.

In the backline, Hammett has opted for new starting halfbacks in Yuki Yatomi and Yu Tamura, who replace Kaito Shigeno and Tusi Pisi.

Derek Carpenter and Mifiposeti Paea will also form a new centre partnership, replacing Yu Tamura and Harumichi Tatekawa.

Friday night’s clash is scheduled for 19:00.

Teams:

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami

Substitutes: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Oli Kebble

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Damian de Allende

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