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    Blackadder shuffles Crusaders

    2014-03-12 11:49
    Cape Town - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named his side to tackle the Rebels in a Super Rugby clash in Melbourne on Friday.

    According to the Crusaders’ official website, Blackadder is taking along 19 of the 23 players who beat the Stormers 14-13 last weekend, but many of them will be wearing a different number on their backs.

    There is just one change to the forwards with Ben Funnell starting at hooker this week instead of Corey Flynn, who is unavailable after suffering a fractured eye socket in last weekend’s match. Codie Taylor enters the playing 23 for the first time this season to provide cover off the bench.

    Nafi Tuitavake is the only player in the starting XV who was not involved last week. He has recovered from a hamstring strain to take the right wing and Johnny McNicholl will take the left wing.

    Andy Ellis takes the starting scrumhalf spot again with Willi Heinz recovering from a calf injury, while Mitchell Drummond has an opportunity to make his Crusaders debut if he comes off the bench. Also up for a potential debut off the bench this week is wing Nemani Nadolo.

    Colin Slade will move to flyhalf for this game, which sees Tom Taylor shift out to inside centre and Ryan Crotty into the No 13 jersey, while Israel Dagg moves back to fullback.

    Kick-off at AAMI Park is scheduled for 10:40 (SA time) on Friday.


    Teams:

    Rebels:
    TBA

    Crusaders:

    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Nemani Nadolo

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