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    Crusaders unchanged for final

    2014-07-31 07:39

    Wellington - The seven-time champion Crusaders have matched the New South Wales Waratahs by naming an unchanged lineup for Saturday's Super Rugby final in Sydney.

    All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will again play at inside centre, ceding the No 10 jersey to Colin Slade as the Crusaders retain the combination that beat the Sharks 38-6 in last weekend's semi-finals.

    Kieran Read will captain the Crusaders from No 8, while All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will start at blindside flank, allowing Matt Todd to continue on the openside.

    Only two members of the starting lineup - wings Kieron Fonotia and Fiji international Nemani Nadolo - have not played for the All Blacks.

    The teams did not meet during the regular season but clashed in the 2008 final, won by the Crusaders.

    The Waratahs are looking for their first Super Rugby title.

    "There is an unknown element given that we haven't played the Waratahs so far this year, but that goes for both teams," Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said. "We are just focussed on being as prepared as we can be to put in the best performance we're capable of."


    15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

    Substitutes (from): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Jeremy Tilse, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Peter Betham


    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl

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