Sunwolves get captain Tatekawa boost

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:42
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TEAM ANNOUCNENEMNT: The Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves welcome back captain Harumichi Tatekawa to the starting XV for their fixture against the Sharks in Singapore.

The Japanese international Tatekawa missed the start of the 2017 season after he sustained a knee injury during pre-season and will don the captain's armband in the absents of regular captain Edward Quirk.

Tatekawa replaces Timothy Lafaele at inside centre, while Ryohei Yamanaka replaces William Tupou.

In the front, Koki Yamamoto and Yusuke Niwai make way for Keita Inagaki and Shota Horie. While Naohiro Kotaki replaces Uwe Helu at lock. With Yoshitaka Tokunaga and Shuhei Matsuhashi rounding of the changes in the forwards.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Noahiro Kotaki, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Keisuka Uchidam 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura.

Date: Saturday, May 20
Venue: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 18.55 (11.55 GMT; 13.55 SA Time)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

 

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