• Kyodo


The Sunwolves go in search of their second straight Super Rugby win Saturday with a starting XV that shows four changes and one positional switch from the side that started their historic 36-28 win against the Jaguares two weeks ago.

Having had a bye last week and trained this week with the Brave Blossoms, Mark Hammett’s team takes on Australian squad Western Force at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.

Fijian wing John Stuart will earn his first Super Rugby cap after he was named on the left wing with Akihito Yamada (the team’s top try scorer with five) returning to the side on the right wing after a few weeks off with injury.

Kaito Shigeno is preferred to Atsushi Hiwasa at scrumhalf, with the latter dropping to the bench.

Fa’atiga Lemalu starts in the second row with Lemaki Moli moving from the engine room to blindside flanker.

Flanker Taiyo Ando, who played for Japan last week in the Asia Rugby Championship, is named on the bench.

The Sunwolves are currently 16th in the overall standings with one win and seven losses to their name.

The Force are one place behind, having won one and lost eight.

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