Wellington - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will make his first start of the
season for the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby match against the
McCaw, whose two appearances this season have been off the bench, will also take over the captaincy.
Coach Todd Blackadder has made five changes to the side
that eked out a narrow 15-11 win over the Reds on Sunday with usual
captain Kieran Read relegated to the bench.
McCaw, who had surgery on his right foot in the
off-season, will play at openside flanker with Luke Whitelock replacing
Read at the back of the scrum.
In other changes, Wyatt Crockett starts in place of Ben
Franks, halfback Willi Heinz makes his first start of the season and All
Blacks fullback Israel Dagg is shifted to the bench with Tom Marshall
donning the No 15 jersey.
Lock Tom Donnelly, who missed the Reds match with a back
injury, is on the bench subject to him coming through training unscathed
Crusaders: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland,
13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke
Whitelock, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke
Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell,
17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Ryan Crotty, 22 Israel