Sunwolves facing challenges ahead of Super Rugby debut

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

TOKYO (AP) With his Sunwolves assembling this week for a Super Rugby debut later in the month, Mark Hammett knows that crunch time is fast approaching for the Japan-based club.

The Sunwolves will have just one formal trial match before hosting the Johannesburg-based Lions on Feb. 27 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo in the first round of the revamped southern hemisphere provincial competition.

New Zealander Hammett, the former All Blacks hooker, was appointed on Dec. 21 but only got his 34-man squad together for the first time on Wednesday, taking care of some administrative duties before training opens on Monday.