Super Rugby

SA-born Viljoen starts for Sunwolves

Riaan Viljoen (Gallo Images)
Riaan Viljoen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African-born Riaan Viljoen has been named at fullback in the Sunwolves' starting line-up for their debut Super Rugby match against the Lions in Tokyo on Saturday.

Viljoen, 32, formerly represented Griquas, the Cheetahs and the Sharks.

Meanwhile, Samoan Tusi Pisi will start at flyhalf, with former Reds loose forward Eddie Quirk at No 8, and ex-Blues flank Lioki Moli and American Andrew Durutalo completing the back row.

Saturday’s clash at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium kicks off at 06:15 (SA time).

Teams:

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Timothy Vond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keith Inagaki

Substitutes: 16 Masataka Mikami, 17 Takeshi Kizu, 18 Koki Yamamoto, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23 Hajime Yamashata

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Ruan Dreyer

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

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