The inclusion of South African lock Grant Hattingh is one of six changes to the Sunwolves’ starting lineup to face the Lions in Singapore on Saturday.
There are three changes to the pack and three to the backline.
Hattingh replaces Uwe Helu in the second row, while props Jiwon Koo and Masataka Mikami come in for Hiroshi Yamashita and Pauliasi Manu respectively.
In the backline, Ryohei Yamanaka starts at fullback, with Jason Emery shifting to outside centre in place of Sione Teaupa. Harumichi Tatekawa starts at 12 ahead of Jason Little and Semisi Masirewa takes over from Hosea Saumaki on the left wing.
Hooker Nathan Vella, prop Alex Woonton and scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka are the new additions to the match 23.
Sunwolves – 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Ben Gunter, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Grant Hattingh, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Subs: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Alex Woonton, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Amanaki Mafi, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Hosea Saumaki.