No McCaw for Cheetahs duel
Cape Town - Richie McCaw has been rotated
out of the Crusaders team to face the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby clash in
Christchurch on Saturday.
The All Black skipper, who played at
openside flank in the 34-6 win over the Lions at AMI Stadium last weekend and
started on the blindside in the previous three fixtures against the Rebels,
Highlanders and Lions, has been replaced by Matt Todd at No 7.
In all, coach Todd Blackadder made four
changes to the starting line-up that beat the Lions.
Up front, hookers Codie Taylor and Ben
Funnell will rotate so that Taylor starts at No 2, and Matt Todd returns to the
team to play in the No 7 jersey this week.
In the backline, Israel Dagg returns from
injury to take the fullback spot, while Kieron Fonotia moves onto the wing
following Johnny McNicholl’s knee injury last week.
Dan Carter stays at inside centre with Colin
Slade at pivot.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
for 08:35 (SA time).
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 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3
Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody,
18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22
Tom Taylor, 23 David Havili
Willie le Roux, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois
Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jean Cook, 7
Oupa Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl
Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20
Boom Prinsloo, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin