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    SBW cleared for Crusaders clash

    2015-04-15 12:36

    Cape Town - Sonny Bill Williams has been cleared to start for the Chiefs at inside centre in their Super Rugby showdown with the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

    Williams was a late scratching with a knee complaint against the Blues a fortnight ago, but has been given the 'ok' to start in a mouth-watering, head-to-head showdown with Dan Carter.

    Charlie Ngatai also makes a return to outside centre after five weeks off with ankle and hamstring injuries.

    In the back three, Tim Nanai-Williams has recovered from the finger injury he picked up against the Stormers in Round 5 and moves onto the right wing, with Tom Marshall switching to fullback. At scrumhalf, Brad Weber is preferred to Augustine Pulu.

    The forward pack remains unchanged from their 23-16 win over the Blues.

    The Crusaders are currently fourth in the New Zealand Conference and eighth in the Overall standings. The Chiefs find themselves second in the NZ Conference and fourth overall, some eight points ahead of their hosts on Saturday.



    15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake


    15 Tom Marshall, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham

    Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Pauliasi Manu, 19 Michael Fitzgerald, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Bryce Heem

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