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    Quirk returns for Sunwolves' Crusaders clash

    2017-04-12 12:44

    Cape Town - Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia has made eight changes to his line-up that will face the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 09:35 (SA time).

    Ed Quirk returns to the starting XV and will captain the Japanese side.

    Yoshitaka Tokunaga drops out for Quirk while Shunsuke Nunomaki and Sam Wykes replace Shuhei Matsuhashi and Uwe Helu, respectively.

    Takuma Asahara, Takeshi Kizu and Keita Inagaki all come into the front-row.

    Meanwhile in the backs, Yu Tamura starts ahead of Hayden Cripps at flyhalf while Teruya Goto is on the wing in place of Kenki Fukuoka.

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge

    Sunwolves

    15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk (captain) 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

    Substitutes: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi 

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