Sunwolves ring the changes for Brumbies

Date published: June 1 2018

Sunwolves head coach Jamie Joseph has rung the changes to his starting line-up for their Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies in Canberra on Sunday.

There are 10 alterations in all – including two positional switches – from the run-on side which suffered a 40-13 defeat to the Rebels in their Round 15 encounter in Melbourne last weekend.

Three of those changes were enforced with Grant Hattingh (concussion), Michael Little (knee) and Hosea Samaki (knee) all sidelined through injury.

In the back-line, Robbie Robertson comes in at full-back in place of Jason Emery, who slots in at outside centre where he takes over from Little while Sione Teaupa comes in for Saumaki on the left wing.

The other changes in the backs sees Semisi Masirewa and Harumichi Tatekawa replacing Lomano Lemeki and Ryoto Nakamura on the right wing and at inside centre respectively.

In the forwards, Willie Britz comes in as Hattingh’s replacement on the blindside flank while Ed Quirk moves from number eight to the openside flank with Rahboni Warren Vosayako taking Quirk’s spot at the back of the scrum.

In the second-row, Sam Wykes replaces Shinya Makabe while up front, Hencus van Wyk and Atsushi Sakate are preferred to Jiwon Koo and Jaba Bregvadze as the starting tighthead prop and hooker respectively.

Amongst the replacements, Alex Woonton, Fetuani Lautaimi, Gerhard van den Heever and Kai Ishii are all set to make their Sunwolves debuts if they see action.

Sunwolves: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Sione Teaupa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayako, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Willie Britz (c), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 James Moore, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Craig Millar
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Alex Woonton, 18 Nikoloz Khatiashvili, 19 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 20 Fetuani Lautaimi, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Gerhard van den Heever, 23 Kai Ishii

Date: Sunday, June 3
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 16:05 local (06:05 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)