Sunwolves All-Time Best XV

26 Mar 2020
Sunwolves All-Time Best XV

Since their debut in 2016 the Sunwolves have been a crowd favourite with their attractive style of rugby.... who have been the standouts for the Tokyo team?

Diminutive winger and crowd favourite Kenki Fukuoka scored five tries in his 13 appearances while centre Timothy Lafaele was one of only four Sunwolves to score a hat-trick of tries in a match. Top try scorer for the Tokyo franchise is winger Semisi Masirewa - he scored 13 tries and gained the most metres (1,502), made the most clean breaks (38) and beat the most defenders (78) of any Sunwolves player in Super Rugby.

 Fly-half Hayden Parker [pictured below] is the only player to have made more than 10 try assists for the Sunwolves (12), Parker has also kicked a club-high 95 goals for the side including 71 goals from a stretch of 72 attempts from April 2018 to April 2019. He is our all-time best [to date] Sunwolves Player.

Hooker Shota Horie is a cult figure in the Tokyo rugby community. The hard-working Japan hooker has made more successful throws (167) than any other Sunwolves player, made 190 tackles, beaten 17 defenders and made seven clean breaks.

The backrow comprises flankers Liaki Moli and Andrew Durutalo and No.8 Willie Britz. Moli Won 36 lineouts (inc. 3 steals) and made 135 carries - the third most of any Sunwolves forward; while Durutalo One of only two Sunwolves forwards to make 10+ clean breaks (11), Durutalo also made nine offloads, won 10 lineouts (incl. 2 steals) and gained 402m from 111 carries. The effervescent red-haired South African Britz Won 71 lineouts on the Sunwolves' throw - the most of any player - as well as making 19 offloads, 119 carries and stealing six lineouts - twice as many as any other Sunwolves player.

15

Kotaro Matsushima

Sunwolves

The only Sunwolves player to average more than four defenders beaten per game, Matushima has also made 13 clean breaks and gained 918m from his 14 Super Rugby appearances.

14

Kenki Fukuoka

Sunwolves

Scored five tries and made three try assists in 13 Super Rugby games, as well as 18 clean breaks, 10 offloads and 55/68 tackles (81%) - the highest tackle success rate of any Sunwolves winger.

13

Timothy Lafaele

Sunwolves

One of only four Sunwolves to score a hat-trick in a Super Rugby game, Lafaele has made 15 clean breaks, 12 offloads and scored 6 tries.

12

Michael Little

Sunwolves

Has made 37 total offloads for the Sunwolves - more than any other player - as well as 21 clean breaks, has also beaten 66 defenders and scored three tries.

11

Semisi Masirewa

Sunwolves

Has scored the most tries (13), gained the most metres (1,502), made the most clean breaks (38) and beaten the most defenders (78) of any Sunwolves player in Super Rugby.

10

Hayden Parker

Sunwolves

The only player to have made more than 10 try assists for the Sunwolves (12), Parker also kicked a club-high 95 goals for the side including 71 goals from a stretch of 72 attempts from April 2018 to April 2019.

9

Jamie Booth

Sunwolves

Has beaten 14 defenders - the most of any Sunwolves scrum-half - as well as making 55 carries for 249m gained and making eight clean breaks from his 12 appearances.

1

Craig Millar

Sunwolves

Has a tackle success rate of 91% - the highest of any Sunwolves player to make at least 100 tackles - and made 81 carries for 134m gained and five clean breaks from his 18 appearances.

2

Shota Horie

Sunwolves

Made more successful throws (167) than any other Sunwolves player, made 190 tackles, beaten 17 defenders and made seven clean breaks.

3

Takuma Asahara

Sunwolves

The most capped player in Sunwolves' Super Rugby history (43 apps), Asahara has made 47 carries, 140 tackles and won six lineouts (inc. two steals) across his career.

4

Grant Hattingh

Sunwolves

Only two players have won more turnovers for the Sunwolves than Hattingh (8), who has also made 120 carries, 118 tackles and nine clean breaks.

5

Uwe Helu

Sunwolves

Beat 32 defenders - the most of any Sunwolves forward - as well as making 120 carries and 96 tackles from his 22 appearances.

6

Liaki Moli

Sunwolves

Won 36 lineouts (inc. 3 steals) and made 135 carries - the third most of any Sunwolves forward.

7

Andrew Durutalo

Sunwolves

One of only two Sunwolves forwards to make 10+ clean breaks (11), Durutalo also made nine offloads, won 10 lineouts (incl. 2 steals) and gained 402m from 111 carries.

8

Willie Britz

Sunwolves

Won 71 lineouts on the Sunwolves' throw - the most of any player - as well as making 19 offloads, 119 carries and stealing six lineouts - twice as many as any other Sunwolves player.