Crusaders debut for Ioane

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:21
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Crusaders cross the ditch this week to take on the Reds in Brisbane, with three players set to make their Crusaders debut on Saturday.

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will earn his first Crusaders cap at No.7, after Matt Todd strained a calf muscle in training. The other change in the loose forwards is at No6, with Pete Samu starting this week and Jordan Taufua providing cover off the bench.

Prop Oli Jager is also set to make his debut if he comes on for Mike Alaalatoa, who shifts from the reserves to the starting tighthead position this week.  Joe Moody starts again at loosehead prop, with Tim Perry coming onto the bench as cover.

Digby Ioane will debut against his former team when he takes the left wing on Saturday. Seta Tamanivalu moves to the other wing, and Israel Dagg moves back into the fullback role.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge.

Date: Saturday, March 11
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 18.45 (21.35 NZDT; 08.35 GMT)
Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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