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The Sunwolves, based out of Tokyo, made their Super Rugby debut in 2016 as a part of the competition’s expansion to 18 teams. The club represents the entire nation of Japan, sourcing most of its players from the country too.
The Sunwolves showed further signs of improvement in 2018. Despite winning only three matches, they were generally more competitive in more of the games they lost compared to previous seasons.
Still, while the only way is up, it’d be folly to expect the Sunwolves to be climbing any higher in 2019.
Coach: Tony Brown
Captains: Yutaka Nagare
2018 finish: 5th Australian conference, 15th overall
Sunwolves 2019 Super Rugby squad
Yutaka Nagare (c), Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Ai Valu, Jiwon Koo, Craig Millar, Sam Prattley, Pauliasi Manu, Hencs van Wyk, Hiroshi Yamashita, Atsushi Sakate, Jaba Bregvadse, Yusuke Niwai, Shota Horie, Wimpie van der Walt, Kara Pryor, Grant Hattingh, James Moore, Tom Rowe, Kazuki Himeno, Mark Abbott, Ed Quirk, Dan Pryor, Hendrik Tui, Michael Leitch, Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, Pieter Labuschagne, Keisuke Uchida, Jamie Booth, Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Hayden Parker, Rikiya Matsuda, Phil Burleigh, Ryoto Nakamura, Michael Little, Rene Ranger, Kenki Fukuouka, Lomano Lava Lemeki, Gerhard van den Heever, Jason Emery, Jamie Henry