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    Willie Britz leads Sunwolves at Ellis Park

    2017-06-30 06:44

    Johannesburg - Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia has made 12 changes to the side that played the Cheetahs at the end of May for their Super Rugby clash with the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

    Yasutaka Sasakura replaces Kotaro Matsushima at fullback, Derek Carpenter moves from outside to inside centre while Harumichi Tatekawa drops out of the match-day 23 to be replaced by Ryohei Yamanaka who starts at inside centre.

    Teruya Goto takes the place of Shota Emi on the wing, Jumpei Ogura replaces Yu Tamura at flyhalf while Keisuke Uchida starts at scrumhalf at the expense of Fumiaki Tanaka.

    There are also several changes to the forward pack, with South African Willie Britz named captain.

    The only remaining player is Sam Wykes at lock in the No 4 jersey. Otherwise, Keita Inagaki, Yusuke Niwai, Takuma Asahara, Kotaro Yatabe, Malgene Ilaua, Shuhei Matsuhashi and Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco are replaced by Masataki Mikami, Atsushi Sakate, Yasuo Yamaji, Kotaro Yatabe, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shokei Kin and Britz at No 8.

    Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 17:15.

    Teams:

    Lions

    15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen              

    Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

    Sunwolves

    15 Yasutaka Sasakura, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz (captain), 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Kotaro Yatabe, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Masataka Mikami

    Substitutes: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Malgene Ilaua, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Kotaro Matsushima

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
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    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airlines Park 15:05
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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