Cape Town - Veteran hooker Corry Flynn has been selected to start for the Crusaders' in their crucial Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Christchurch on Friday. Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Flynn, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, replaces Ben Funnell who drops to the bench.
In other changes, Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis rotate at scrumhalf and lock Dominic Bird gets a start with Sam Whitelock out with a fractured finger.
The Crusaders are currently in second place in the New Zealand Conference
and sixth in the Overall standings
The Waratahs find themselves in third in the Australian Conference
and eighth in the Overall log
- three points behind the seven-time champion Crusaders.Teams:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willie Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Luke Whitelock, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Adam Whitelock Waratahs:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Cooper, 6 Pat McCutcheon, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Drew Mitchell