Sunwolves bring in Wimpie and Lappies for Lions
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunwolves head coach Jamie Joseph has again made a number of changes to his team ahead of their clash against the Lions at Ellis Park.
In the pack, Wimpie van der Walt comes into the second row for Grant Hattingh, while Jiwan Koo takes over the No.3 jersey from Takuma Asahara.
Pieter 'Lappies' Labuschagne comes into the side in the No.7 jersey.
There is also a back row shuffle which sees Michael Leitch move to No.8 for this weekend's clash.
Yutaka Nagare is back at scrumhalf and takes over the captaincy. William Tupou moves from the wing to the midfield in the No.13 spot.
Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 William Tupou, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Yutaka Nagare (captain), 8 Michael Leitch (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Wimpie van der Walt, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Willem Britz, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Ryoto Nakamura, 23 Ryuji Noguchi.
Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT; 00.15 Japan time Sunday, March 18)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Stephen Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)