Sunwolves rest skipper for Stormers clash
Cape Town - Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has decided to rest his captain, Shota Horie, for their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers in Singapore on Saturday (kick-off 13:55 SA time).
Takeshi Kizu replaces Horie at hooker in one of three changes to the side which lost to the Western Force last weekend.
Horie, who played a full 80 minutes in all of the Sunwolves' previous matches, has been named amongst the reserves, which means centre Harumichi Tatekawa takes over the captaincy.
The only other alteration to the forwards sees Timothy Bond taking over from Hitoshi Ono in the second row.
This will be Bond's first match since serving a four-week suspension for a late and high tackle on Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe in the corresponding fixture in Cape Town in Round Seven.
The final change is in the backline where Atsushi Hiwasa comes in for Kaito Shigeno.
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (captain), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami
Substitutes: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kobus van Wyk, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones