Tatekawa leads depleted Sunwolves

Date published: June 30 2016

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Harumichi Tatekawa will captain the Sunwolves in the absence of Shota Horie when they take on the Waratahs this Saturday.

The Japan franchise will be without the star hooker along with Hitoshi Ono (suspended), joint-top Super Rugby try scorer Akihito Yamada (injury) and also fly-half Tusi Pisi.

Taiyo Ando comes into the back row to take over from Andrew Duratalo, partnering up with Ed Quirk and Liaki Moli, while Naohiro Kotaki is named in the second row to replace Ono.

Riaan Viljoen returns at full-back while Kaito Shigeno, fresh from scoring Japan's only try against Scotland this weekend, gets the nod at scrum-half ahead of Yuki Yatomi.

The Sunwolves will be eager to bounce back after the long international break having lost to the Brumbies 66-5 in Canberra last time out.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (c), 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Naohiro Kotaki, 4 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Shokel Kin, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Hajime Yamashita

Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14:15 local (05:15 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Noriaki Hashimoto (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)

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