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    Crusaders' stars to face Lions

    2015-03-12 08:13

    Cape Town - Dan Carter will start at inside centre in one of 10 changes for the Crusaders' match against the Lions in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 05:30 SA time.

    Carter has not played since injuring his lower right leg against the Rebels in Week 1.

    In other changes to the backs, Andy Ellis will start at scrumhalf, with Nemani Nadolo set to play his first Vodacom Super Rugby game of the year on the left wing.

    Among the forwards, Kieran Read will play at No 8, while Sam Whitelock will pair up with Luke Romano in the second row.

    Owen Franks returns at tighthead after serving his two-week suspension.

    The Crusaders are currently fourth in the New Zealand Conference with four points, having played three matches.

    The Lions occupy bottom spot in the South African Conference with five points from four matches.



    15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 David Havili


    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Corne Fourie

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Andries Ferreira, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi

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