Sunwolves get Quirk back for Crusaders clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia has made eight changes to his starting XV that beat the Bulls for their clash against the Crusaders on Friday.
Edward Quirk returns to the team in place of Yoshitaka Tokunaga. Quirk also takes over the captaincy role as well.
Other changes in the forward pack sees Shunsuke Nunomaki come in for Shuhei Matsuhashi, while Sam Wykes starts in the second row in place of Uwe Helu.
The Sunwolves also have a new-look front row with Takuma Asahara, Takeshi Kizu and Keita Inagaki all starting.
There are just two changes in the backline with Yu Tamura taking over the No.10 jersey from Hayden Cripps, while Teruya Goto gets his chance on the wing in place of Kenki Fukuoka.
Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 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.
Date: Friday, April 14
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (16.35 Japan time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)