Crusaders boosted by returning All Blacks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:12
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made five changes and three positional changes to the starting XV for their Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Highlanders in Christchurch.

It is a fresh front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks that will face the Highlanders forward pack.  

Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa and Ben Funnell will cover from the bench.

Sam Whitelock returns to the starting line-up to captain the team, and vice-captain Ryan Crotty will also return at inside centre. 

That sees David Havili shift back to fullback and Israel Dagg move to the wing.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge. 

Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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