Sunwolves make minor changes for Stormers showdown
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunwolves have made three changes to the starting XV for their Super Rugby match against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
The Japanese are still without the services of regular captain Dan Pryor, who was sidelined on the eve of the 19-42 defeat to Brumbies last weekend.
While former Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year Amanaki Mafi is another big-name player missing from the squad.
In terms of the matchday side, there are two changes in the forwards and one in the backline.
In the pack, Conan O’Donnell takes over the No.3 jersey from Takuma Asahara.
O’Donnell is joined by Jaba Bregvadze, who replaces Nathan Vella at hooker.
In the backline Josh Timu slots into the midfield, replacing Josh Timu at outside centre.
Sunwolves: 15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Josh Timu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker (captain), 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Ryota Hasegawa, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Conan O’Donnell, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Alex Wooton.
Replacements: 16 Takuya Kitade, 17 Matasaka Mikama, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Masakatsu Nishikawa, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Timothy Lefaela, 23 Akihito Yamada.
Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT, 00.15 Sunday, June 9 Japan time)
Referee: AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)
— サンウルブズ/SUNWOLVES (@sunwolves) June 6, 2019