Injury blow for Crusaders

Thu, 23 May 2013 06:39
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The Crusaders have been forced into a late change, ahead of their Super Rugby crunch encounter with the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

The Crusaders have been forced into a late change, ahead of their Super Rugby crunch encounter with the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

All Black prop Owen Franks has been withdrawn due to a hamstring injury.

Nepo Laulala will replace Franks as tighthead prop.

Crusaders - revised: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell/Laurence Corlett, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Telusa Veianu.

Date: Friday, May 24
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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