Sunwolves reveal squad, Hammett to coach

21 Dec 2015
Sunwolves reveal squad, Hammett to coach

Yoshitaka Tashiro, representative director of Japan Super Rugby Association (JSRA), has announced the Sunwolves' head coach, players and revealed the team's jerseys in front of a large media contingent gathered in Tokyo.

As preparations continue for the team's historic Round 1 clash against the Lions at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on February 27, the JRSA has confirmed that Mark Hammett will lead the side in its maiden Super Rugby campaign. Hammett - who is no stranger to Super Rugby - served an an assistant at the Crusaders (2007-10) and head coach at the Hurricanes (2011-14) before taking up the Director of Rugby role at the Cardiff Blues (2014-15). He also has 81 caps to his name at the Crusaders where he played from 1996-2003 and 29 for the All Blacks throughout a Test career spanning four years.

Hammett inherits a list of 34 players that includes 15 with Test experience and 10 of the Brave Blossoms squad that took the world by storm at the recent Rugby World Cup.

Playing in a South African Conference alongside the Bulls, Cheetahs and Stormers, the Sunwolves start with four home games (two in Singapore), providing local fans with every opportunity to embrace the team in its inaugural Super Rugby campaign. The Sunwolves play each team in their group twice, teams in the other South African Conference (Jaguares, Kings, Lions, Sharks) once, the Australian Conference (Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs) once and will face the New Zealand teams in 2017.

The team will wear a red/orange primary strip that represents the rising sun while the grey alternate signifies the speed and fighting spirit of the wolf that is fiercely emblazoned across both jerseys.

Also unveiled by the JRFU today is the team's official website which contains further information and ticketing details, ranging from Y1000-10,000 (A$11-$115, NZ$12-$120, R124-1240, AR$108-1082).

Details for the Sunwolves' three home games in Singapore (vs Cheetahs, Bulls, Stormers) will be released in due course.

Sunwolves' 2016 Super Rugby Squad

NAME POSITION D.O.B. CM KG TEST CAPS JAPANESE CLUB
Ryuhei Arita Hooker 21/03/89 176 104 9 Coca-Cola Red Sparks
Timothy Bond Lock 25/10/89 193 113 0 -
Derek Carpenter Centre 26/07/88 183 94 0 Toyota Verblitz
Andrew Durutalo Back Row 25/10/87 187 102 0 -
Ziun Gu Prop 20/07/94 184 122 0 Takushoku University
Shohei Hirano Prop 3/08/93 178 125 0 Tokai University
Atsushi Hiwasa Scrumhalf 22/05/87 166 72 51 Suntory Sungoliath
Shota Horie Hooker 21/01/86 180 104 42 Panasonic Wild Knights
Yoshiya Hosoda Back Row 5/08/87 192 100 0 NEC Green Rockets
Keita Inagaki Prop 2/06/90 186 116 10 Panasonic Wild Knights
Daisuke Inoue Scrumhalf 16/11/89 173 81 0 Kubota Spears
Shinnosuke Kakinaga Prop 19/12/91 180 115 6 Suntory Sungoliath
Takeshi Kizu Hooker 15/07/88 183 115 41 Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Yamamoto Koki Prop 29/10/90 181 116 0 Yamaha Jubilo
Faatiga Lemalu Back Row 17/04/89 201 115 0 Munakata Sanix Blues
Tomas Leonardi Back Row 1/07/87 190 108 0 -
Amanaki Lotoahea Wing 14/04/90 191 107 0 Ricoh Black Rams
Shinya Makabe Lock 26/03/87 192 119 34 Suntory Sungoliath
Paea Mifi Poseti Centre 6/07/87 178 108 0 NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes
Masataka Mikami Prop 4/06/88 178 115 32 Toshiba Brave Lupus
Liaki Moli Lock 4/01/90 198 118 0 -
Tsuyoshi Murata Back Row 15/12/88 185 103 5 NEC Green Rockets
Hitoshi Ono Lock 6/05/78 192 105 96 Toshiba Brave Lupus
Tusi Pisi Flyhalf 18/06/82 183 91 0 Suntory Sungoliath
Eddie Quirk Flanker 28/08/91 191 108 0 -
Yusataka Sasakura Fullback 4/08/88 186 92 0 Panasonic Wild Knights
John Stewart Wing 17/02/88 170 80 0 -
Yu Tamura Centre 9/01/89 181 92 35 NEC Green Rockets
Harumichi Tatekawa Flyhalf 2/12/89 180 95 43 Kubota Spears
Riaan Viljoen Fullback 1/04/83 185 90 0 -
Akihito Yamada Wing 26/07/85 182 88 15 Panasonic Wild Knights
Ryohei Yamanaka Centre 22/06/88 188 95 4 Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Hajime Yamashita Fullback 14/06/92 180 85 0 Toyota Shokki Shuttles
Yuki Yatomi Scrumhalf 16/02/85 176 82 16 Yamaha Jubilo

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