HITO-Communications SUNWOLVES 2017 Season Squads and Jerseys Announcement Team Japan SR Association (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Yo****aka Tashiro) announces the HITO-Communications SUNWOLVESâ€™s players for 2017 season, and new jerseys. And we announce that we have decided our 2017 season team slogan, â€RISE AS ONEâ€. RISE AS ONE As only one Japanese and Asian team challenging to one of the toughest Rugby competitions, Super Rugby, this team slogan represents our strong determination toward 2017 season in a close relationship with Japan National team based on what we built in 2016 season. We need to have a positive spirit as team trying to keep improving, rising ourselves throughout 2017 season. And also as newly established franchise last season, we would like to keep entertaining our fans and expanding our fan base not only in Japan but also in Asia. Without our fans, we cannot make any success in SUPER RUGBY. We try to be a symbol of sunrise for Japan Rugby and also for Asian Rugby toward 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. ■HITO-Communications SUNWOLVESâ€™s 2017 Squads (Bolded = New players) 1 PR1 Keita INAGAKI(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 2 PR1 Masataka MIKAMI(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 3 PR1 Koki YAMAMOTO(YAMAHA Jubilo) 4 HO Takeshi KIZU(KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers) 5 HO Takeshi HINO(YAMAHA Jubilo) 6 HO Shota HORIE(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 7 PR3 Takuma ASAHARA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 8 PR3 Heiichiro ITO(YAMAHA Jubilo) 9 PR3 Koo JIWON(Takushoku Univ.) 10 LO Hitoshi ONO(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 11 LO Kyosuke KAJIKAWA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 12 LO Shinya MAKABE(SUNTORY Sungoliath) 13 LO Liaki MOLI('16 HITO-Com SUNWOLVES/SR) 14 FL Willem BRITZ(NTT Communications Shining Arcs) 15 FL Edward QUIRK('16 HITO-Com SUNWOLVES/SR) 16 FL Uwe HELU(YAMAHA Jubilo) 17 No.8 Yo****aka TOKUNAGA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 18 No.8 Shuhei MATSUHASHI(RICOH BlackRams) 19 No.8 Malgene ILAUA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 20 No.8 Yuhimaru MIMURA(YAMAHA Jubilo) 21 SH Keisuke UCHIDA(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 22 SH Takahiro OGAWA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 23 SH Fumiaki TANAKA(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 24 SH Kaito SHIGENO(NEC Green Rockets) 25 SH Yuki YATOMI(YAMAHA Jubilo) 26 SO Harumichi TATEKAWA(KUBOTA Spears) 27 SO Hikaru TAMURA(TOSHIBA Brave Lupus) 28 SO Yu TAMURA(NEC Green Rockets) 29 SO Hayden CRIPPS(Tokyo Gas) 30 WTB Teruya GOTO (NEC Green Rockets) 31 WTB Kenki FUKUOKA(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 32 CTB Timothy LAFAELE(COCA-COLA Red Sparks) 33 CTB Derek CARPENTER(SUNTORY Sungoliath) 34 FB Yasutaka SASAKURA(PANASONIC Wild Knights) 35 FB Kotaro MATSUSHIMA(SUNTORY Sungoliath) 36 FB Riaan VILJOEN(NTT docomo Red Hurricanes) ■New Jersey Announcement Sunwolves, the newly joined team in Super Rugby, will transform its new jersey for the upcoming 2017 season. This new jersey is designed by Mr. Mizuno Manabu (CEO of good design company) who also designed "Kumamon", the main mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture. The new red&white home jersey has the Sun representing its home country of Japan, and Sunwoves is the only team joining the Super Rugby championship. The new home jersey also represents the team itself, who fights against world top class rugby clubs. On the other, the new black&white alternate jersey has the Moon which always comes together with wolves. The new alternate jersey emphasizes the cooperative and agile nature of the wolves. ■Message from Mr. Mizuno â€œMy first interaction with rugby was relatively late, 16 years old of age. More precisely, all â€œcoolâ€ high school mates belonged to the rugby club and I got into it. The more I know about rugby, the more deeply I am into it and eventually I joined the rugby club after entering university. I have learnt countlessly so many things through rugby. With 3 years to go until the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, Rugby is gaining more popularity. With this new jersey, I strongly wish for the success of Sunwolves. GO Sunwolves GO! Awooo!!! ■Profile Mr. Manabu Mizuno Creative director / CEO of good design company/ Visiting associate professor of Keio University He covers wide-range of fields such as brand launch, logo design, product planning, package design, interior design and consulting. His major works include Kumamon (the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture), Brand Up Project of Sotetsu Line, Oixix and Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten. He is the author of the books titled â€œUru Kara Ureru He (Seibundo Shinkosha)â€ and â€œSense Ha Chishiki Kara Hajimarau (Asahi Shimbun)â.