Sunwolves drop captain Horie

Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett has dropped his captain, Shota Horie, to the bench for Saturday's clash with the Stormers in Singapore.

Takeshi Kizu replaces Horie at hooker as one of three changes to the side which lost to the Western Force last weekend.

Horie's relegation to the reserves means Harumichi Tatekawa takes over the captaincy. The only other change to the forwards sees Timothy Bond taking over from  Hitoshi Ono in the second row.

This will be Bond's first match since serving a four-week suspension for a late and high tackle on Stormers full-back Cheslin Kolbe in the corresponding fixture in Cape Town in Round Seven.

The final change is in the back-line where Atsushi Hiwasa comes in for Kaito Shigeno. 

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (c), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea

Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 19:45 local (11:45 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser, Shuhei Kubo
TMO: Takashi Hareda

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