Quirk back for Sunwolves

Date published: April 12 2017

Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia has made eight changes to his line-up that will face the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.

Ed Quirk returns to the XV and will captain the Japanese side.

Yoshitaka Tokunaga drops out for Quirk while Shunsuke Nunomaki and Sam Wykes replace Shuhei Matsuhashi and Uwe Helu respectively. Takuma Asahara, Takeshi Kizu and Keita Inagaki all come into the front-row.

Meanwhile in the backs, Yu Tamura starts ahead of Hayden Cripps at fly-half while Teruya Goto is on the wing in place of Kenki Fukuoka.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

Date: Friday, April 14
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman

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