There has been much hype surrounding the Sunwolves and their introduction to Super Rugby in 2016, and the excitement grew tenfold following the Brave Blossoms’ historic World Cup campaign, where they beat South Africa, Samoa and USA.
However, since then, things have been rather underwhelming. Delays in naming a roster and a head coach have raised question marks surrounding their aptitude to remain competitive in the Super Rugby competition. After some of their World Cup stars such as Ayumu Goromaru and Fumiaki Tanaka signed for other clubs in the league, doubts emerged if they could avoid being embarrassed over the coming months.
The success of Los Jaguares in their preparation has overshadowed the Japanese side, but nonetheless there is an optimism in the far east that they can remain competitive.
The shirts that they will wear are, as expected, very composed outfits.
— Sunwolves SuperRugby (@sunwolves) December 21, 2015
It has been confirmed that former Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett will take over as head coach. Hammett, a Kiwi, caused controversy in 2011 when he elected not to renew the contracts of Ma’a Nonu and Andrew Hore with the New Zealand franchise. He has since worked as director of rugby with Cardiff Blues.
After many questions surrounding the Sunwolves squad, it has finally been named, as announced on the Super Rugby website.
Sunwolves squad for 2016 Super Rugby season:
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