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    SA's Britz to lead Sunwolves against Chiefs

    2018-03-22 10:19

    Cape Town - South African-born loose forward Willie Britz will lead the Sunwolves when they welcome the Chiefs to Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 06:15 SA time.

    There is a rotational shift in the back three from the side that bravely went down 40-38 to the Lions last weekend, with Kotaro Matsushima moving from fullback to wing, while Ryuji Noguchi will wear the number 15 jersey.

    Yu Tamura is at flyhalf with Fumiaki Tanaka at scrumhalf, while Michael Little replaces William Tupou at inside centre.

    Japan captain Michael Leitch shifts from number eight to blindside flank, with Edward Quirk and Britz completing the loose trio.

    Uwe Helu comes in at lock for Wimpie van der Walt, who is demoted to the bench.

    Finally, there's a brand new front row for the Sunwolves, with Jiwon Koo, Yusuke Niwai and Craig Millar being replaced by Hencus van Wyk, Shota Horie and Keita Inagaki.

    Teams:

    Sunwolves

    15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz (captain), 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki

    Substitutes:16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Jiwon Koo, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Robbie Robinson, 23 William Tupou

    Chiefs

    15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Fa'auli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross

    Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu'inukaufe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Sean Wainui, 23 Bailyn Sullivan

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