Sunwolves bring in fresh legs for Blues clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sunwolves have brought in a few fresh legs for their final Super Rugby game of the season against the Blues in Tokyo on Saturday.
Timothy Lafaele and William Tupou are the centres this week, while young Koo Jiwon will make his first start in Super Rugby this season in the No.3 jersey.
Yuya Odo will get an opportunity off the bench.
"I really thank Yamaha Jubilo for giving him [Odo] a chance to come and join the Sunwolves to cover the injuries," said Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia.
"Odo has been really diligent with his role trying his best since he joined us in South Africa. I am really excited with these players for the game."
Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Koo Jiwon, 2 Takeshi Hino, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Yasuo Yamaji, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.
Date: Saturday, July 15
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 12.00 (15.00 NZ time; 03.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Akihisa Aso (Japan), Tasuku Takawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)