Huge changes for Sunwolves

Date published: April 7 2016

Sunwolves boss Mark Hammett has made heavy changes to his side ahead of Friday's match with the Stormers in Cape Town.

In total there are seven personnel changes and two positional moves from the side who lost to the Kings last weekend.

Yu Tamara steps in to the fly-half role with Tusi Pisi rested, with Derek Carpenter, the former Northland back, coming in at inside centre.

Mifiposeti Paea takes over from Harumichi Tatekawa at outside centre, with Yuki Yatomi coming in at scrum-half.

Rotation in the front row means starts for Masataka Mikami and Takuma Asahara either side of captain Shota Horie. Shinya Makabe is another new face in the second row as he takes over from Hitoshi Ono.

Finally, Tomás Leonardi is promoted to the starting lineup at number eight, allowing Ed Quirk to move to the openside as Andrew Durutalo drops to the bench.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomás Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura

Date: Friday, April 8
Venue: DHL Newlands
Kick-off: 19:00 local (17:00 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greef (South Africa)