SA halfback duo for Sunwolves' Super Rugby opener
Cape Town - The Sunwolves' match-day squad to face the Melbourne Rebels in Fukuoka on Saturday features several South Africans.
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The halfback pairing consists of former Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige and ex-Sharks flyhalf Garth April.
Up front, former Bulls prop Conraad van Vuuren starts at tighthead prop, while on the bench there are three more South Africans in former Bulls prop Hencus van Wyk, former Sharks flank Justin Downey and former Springbok and Stormers wing/centre, JJ Engelbrecht.
Kick-off for Saturday's clash is scheduled for 05:45 (SA time).
15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Brendon O’Connor, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams
Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Mitch Jacobson, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht
15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Rob Leota, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga
Substitutes: 16 Steve Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Theo Strang, 23 Andrew Deegan