The Sunwolves have named their side for their clash with the Highlanders at Rugby Park on Saturday, with Willie Britz returning at eight.
Britz returns after missing last week’s loss at the Crusaders and starts in place of Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, who drops to the bench.
Facing his former team will be Japan scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka, who is sure to receive a warm welcome from his Highlanders friends.
Elsewhere, William Tupou starts at outside centre, with Timothy Lafaele moving to number 12 in place of Derek Carpenter who misses out.
Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Yuhimaru Mimura, 6 Edward Quirk (c), 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Hayden Cripps, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
Date: Saturday, April 22
Venue: Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Kick-off: 17.15 local (05:15 GMT)
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)