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    Tatekawa leads depleted Sunwolves

    2016-06-30 09:23

    Cape Town - Harumichi Tatekawa will captain the Sunwolves in the absence of Shota Horie when they take on the Waratahs this Saturday.

    The Japan franchise will be without the star hooker along with Hitoshi Ono (suspended), joint-top Super Rugby try scorer Akihito Yamada (injury) and also flyhalf Tusi Pisi.

    Taiyo Ando comes into the back row to take over from Andrew Duratalo, partnering up with Ed Quirk and Liaki Moli, while Naohiro Kotaki is named in the second row to replace Ono.

    Riaan Viljoen returns at fullback while Kaito Shigeno, fresh from scoring Japan's only try against Scotland this weekend, gets the nod at scrumhalf ahead of Yuki Yatomi.

    The Sunwolves will be eager to bounce back after the long international break having lost to the Brumbies 66-5 in Canberra last time out.

    Teams:

    Sunwolves

    15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (c), 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Naohiro Kotaki, 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, Masataka Mikami

    Substitutes: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoday, 20 Shokel Kin, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Hajime Yamashita

    Waratahs

    15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.

    Substitutes (two to be omitted): 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Louisi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Ned Hanigan, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 David Horwitz, 24 Tolu Latu, 25 Matt Carraro

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