Whitelock returns to lead Crusaders

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:05
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made just two changes to the team that beat the Hurricanes last week for their clash against the Chiefs in Suva in Fiji.

Captain Samuel Whitelock returns at lock, replacing the injured Scott Barrett, and scrumhalves Mitchell Drummond and Bryn Hall rotate so that Hall takes the starting spot this week.

The sight of Fijian-born uncle and nephew, Seta Tamanivalu and Manasa Mataele, storming down the wing will no doubt be something that the local fans are looking forward to.  

The Chiefs enter this week's match on the back of a bye in Round 12.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Peter Samu, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele. 

Date: Friday, May 19
Venue: International Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Paul Williams
TMO: Shane McDermott

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