2017 Sunwolves squad "Rise as one"

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    I'm glad to see that the Sunwolves have strengthened for this season and added depth. I think they will do well personally and I'm hoping that they can challenge for the play offs but maybe that's a bit optimistic.
     
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    First opponents are the Brumbies, in Tokyo

    As a guide to what sort of form they're in, their pre-season results were a 50-19 win over the Rebels, and a 38-26 loss to the Chiefs. By comparison last season those results were 32-3 and 28-10, so the pre-season results are broadly in line with expectations, just a few points better.

    According to an article 3 weeks ago, there's a focus on avoiding a slow start to the season. Sounds like they don't want to underestimate the Sunwolves!


    AFAIK the Sunwolves haven't had any pre-season matches, except the 3 guys who played for the Wild Knights in the Brisbane 10s, so there won't be any real indication of the Sunwolves' form until kickoff.
     
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    Excellent that they have signed another Japanese international hooker. And I think Noguchi is the very highly thought of University student. Outside of the front five (which I can't assess) this looks a decent squad - stronger than previous years and certainly not whipping boys.

    I will miss the scrum half Shigeno, I really liked him but maybe he didn't protect the ball enough.
     
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    I see 7 or 8 potentially winnable games for the Sunwolves, but will say they will get 5.

    Last years schedule was so bad I thought they'd win zero and they got two in the end I think.

    Brumbies are the best Oz franchise up front, so they might be able to capitalise on the Sunwolves's Achilles Heel. I think it'll be an opening season loss for the Sunwolves, particularly due to the lack of preseason fixtures which can't help. A win wouldn't stun me though.
     
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    Somehow, after 2 rounds, the Sunwolves are the only team to have lost a home game.

    Should be joined by about 4 more teams next week though.
     
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    Keeping track of who's played where each game so far... [vs Brumbies, Rebels, Sharks, Lions, Chiefs] 'R' = Replacement, '-' = not selected, 'i' = unavailable due to injury, '_' = not in touring squad/training.

    I changed the rankings for some positions slightly.


    FORWARDS
    (current Japanese internationals in bold)
    • Hookers:
      • [2,2,i,_,2] Shota Horie (55 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [R,-,_,_,-] Jaba Bregvadze (49 caps Georgia) - ex Worcester (AP) & Toulouse (Top 14)
      • [-,R,R,R,-] Atsushi Sakate (10 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [-,-,2,2,R] Yusuke Niwai (3 caps Japan, dropped) - Canon Eagles
    • Props:
      • [1,R,_,_,1] Keita Inagaki (19 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [-,-,_,_,_] Ruan Smith (Brumbies 50+ caps) - Toyota Verblitz / ex Brumbies
      • [-,-,R,R,-] Shintaro Ishihara (8 caps Japan) - Suntory Sungoliath
      • [3,3,-,3,R] Koo Jiwon (2 caps Japan) - Honda Heat
      • [R,R,i,_,-] Asaeli Valu (3 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [R,1,1,1,R] Craig Millar (Highlanders 10 caps) - Otago (Mitre 10 Cup) / ex Highlanders
      • [-,-,R,R,3] Hencus Van Wyk (Bulls 2 caps?) - Munakata Sanix Blues / ex Lions & Bulls
        • [-,-,3,-,-] Temp - Takuma Asahara
    • Locks:
      • [-,-,_,_,-] Shinya Makabe (36 caps Japan) - Suntory Sungoliath
      • [4,4,i,_,-] Sam Wykes (Force 87 caps - Panasonic Wild Knights / ex Force
      • [5,-,5,R,_] Grant Hattingh (Bulls 46 caps) - Kubota Spears / ex Bulls & Lions
      • [-,-,_,_,5] Uwe Helu (7 caps Japan) - Yamaha Júbilo
      • [6,-,4,4,4] Kazuki Himeno (3 caps Japan) - Toyota Verblitz
        • Flanker/Lock: Wimpie van der Walt (3 caps japan)
      • [R,R,_,_,-] James Moore - Toshiba Brave Lupus / ex Brisbane City (NRC)
    • Flankers:
      • [7,7,R,7,_] Pieter Lappies Labuschagne (Bulls 22 caps) - Kubota Spears / ex Bulls & Cheetahs
      • [-,-,R,5,R] Wimpie Vanderwalt (3 caps Japan) - NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes
      • [-,-,_,_,-] Shunsuke Nunomaki (5 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [R,8,-,-,7] Edward Quirk (Reds 39 caps) - Canon Eagles / ex Reds
        • Lock/Flanker: Kazuki Himeno (3 caps Japan)
    • Number 8s:
      • [-,6,6,8,6] Michael Leitch (53 caps Japan) - Toshiba Brave Lupus / ex Chiefs
      • [-,R,7,6,R] Yoshitaka Tokunaga (8 caps Japan) - Toshiba Brave Lupus
      • [8,5,8,R,8] Willie Britz (15 caps Lions) - NTT Shining Arcs / ex Cheetahs & Lions
    BACKS
    • Scrum Halves:
      • [R,R,_,_,9] Fumiaki Tanaka (64 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [-,-,9,-,-] Keisuke Uchida (22 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [9,9,R,9,R] Yutaka Nagare (9 caps Japan) - Suntory Sungoliath
    • Fly Halves:
      • [-,-,_,_,10] Yu Tamura (48 caps Japan) - Canon Eagles
      • [R,10,i,_,-] Hayden Parker (Highlanders 30 caps) - Otago (Mitre 10 Cup) / ex Highlanders
    • Centres:
      • [-,R,10,10,-] Harumichi Tatekawa (54 caps Japan) - Kubota Spears
      • [12,12,R,R,-] Ryoto Nakamura (11 caps Japan) - Suntory Sungoliath
      • [15,-,_,_,_] Jason Emery (Highlanders 35 caps) - Manawatu (Mitre 10 Cup) / ex Highlanders
      • [13,13,i,_,13] Timothy Lafaele (8 caps Japan) - Coca-Coca Red Sparks
      • [R,-,13,-,-] Sione Teaupa (3 caps Japan) - Kubota Spears
      • [-,11,11,13,R] William Tupou (1 cap Japan, dropped) - Coca Cola Red Sparks / ex Force
      • [-,-,_,_,_] Daishi Murata (2 caps Japan, dropped) - Suntory Sungoliath
      • [-,-,12,12,12] Michael Little - Mitsubishi Juko Sagamihara Dynaboars / ex North Harbour (Mitre 10 Cup)
    • Wings:
      • [-,-,_,_,-] Kenki Fukuoka (24 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [-,14,i,_,-] Akihito Yamada (23 caps Japan) - Panasonic Wild Knights
      • [11,-,-,11,11] Hosea Saumaki - Canon Eagles / ex Tonga 7s (Not sure if he can ever become Japanese Qualified or not)
      • [-,-,_,_,_] Gerhard van den Heever (Stormers 26 caps) - Yamaha Júbilo / ex Stormers & Bulls
      • [14,-,14,14,-] Lomano Lemeki (5 caps Japan) - Honda Heat
    • Full Backs:
      • [-,-,15,15,14] Kotaro Matsushima (28 caps Japan) - Suntory Sungoliath
      • [-,R,-,R,15] Ryuji Noguchi (12 caps Japan) - Tokai University
      • [10,15,R,-,R] Robbie Robinson (Chiefs 24 caps) - Ricoh Black Rams / ex Chiefs & Highlanders
     
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    In 2019, for the 4th season in a row, the Sunwolves have to host some of their 'home' games overseas. [draw]

    Presumably it will be the same as 2018, 1 in Singapore, 1 in Hong Kong, 6 at home. Unless Hong Kong qualify for the World Cup, then it might be 2 games in Hong Kong.
     
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