Sunwolves slightly tweak pack for Hurricanes
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunwolves head coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes to the starting XV for their clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
The coach has opted to stick with the same backline after their 11-33 defeat to the Crusaders last weekend. Hayden Parker and Fumiaki Tanaka form the halfback partnership.
The only modifications occur in the pack. Joseph, sticking to his rotation policy, has handed Shota Horie a start at hooker with Georgian Jaba Bregvadze taking up a spot on the bench.
Prop Takuma Asahara gets a start at tighthead prop, with Jiwon Koo dropping out of the matchday 23.
Pieter Labuschagne retains the captain's armband in the absence regular captain Willie Britz, who is still nursing an injury in Japan.
Sunwolves: 15 William Tupou, 14 Hosea Saumaki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaka Tanaka, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 James Moore, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Nikoloz Khataishvili, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Semisi Masirewa.
Date: Friday, April 27
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT; 16.35 Japan time)
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, Nick Briant
TMO: Ben Skeen