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Crusaders unchanged for final
Brisbane - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Reds, but that could change if scrumhalf Andy Ellis fails a fitness test.
Ellis, who is expected to undergo the test later Thursday, has been bracketed with Kahn Fotuali'i. Ellis is recovering from knee and shoulder bruising sustained in the Crusaders' 29-10 semifinal victory over the Stormers last Saturday in Cape Town.
Lock Luke Romano, who was quarantined in South Africa with chicken pox, has been bracketed on the bench with Chris Jack.
Blackadder says "we've had a good week here in Brisbane and the players look full of energy. It's going to be a great occasion."
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis/Kahn Foutali'i, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano/Chris Jack, 19 Matt Todd, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty