No Crotty for Crusaders
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has named an unchanged forward pack for the clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.
Lock and captain Samuel Whitelock has been cleared to play after suffering a head knock against the Hurricanes last weekend.
There are two changes in the backs from the side that took the field in Wellington.
Mitchell Drummond and Bryn Hall will rotate this week, with Hall taking a spot on the bench and Drummond to wear the No.9 jersey in what will be his 50th game for the Crusaders.
The only other change sees Tim Bateman step into the starting line up at inside centre in place of Ryan Crotty.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Chris King, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Billy Harmon, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Manasa Mataele.
Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 (08.35 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)