Stormers face Dagg on wing
Cape Town - The Crusaders have named Israel Dagg on the left wing for
Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Stormers in Christchurch.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made seven changes to the side
humbled 34-25 by the Blues at Eden Park last weekend, with the main
discussion point around his decision to retain Colin Slade at fullback
and shunt Dagg, the All Blacks incumbent No 15, on to the wing.
Following an indifferent performance in the Crusaders' opening loss
to the Chiefs in Christchurch Dagg was dropped to the bench for the
Dagg is no stranger to playing on the left wing for the Crusaders,
having started there in the opening round loss to the Blues last year.
He has also been selected on the wing for the All Blacks.
Johnny McNicholl has been added to the right wing and Rob Thompson
has dropped right out of the 23. Blackadder has resisted chopping-up his
midfield by retaining Ryan Crotty and Lee-Lo. Tom Taylor is again at flyhalf.
With Richie McCaw gone for two months with a fractured thumb, Matt Todd gets his first start of the year at No 7.
Luke Romano replaces fellow All Blacks lock Dominic Bird and Wyatt Crockett comes in for loosehead prop Tim Perry.
15 Colin Slade, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Ryan Crotty,
11 Israel Dagg, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt
Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen
Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird,
20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Kieron FonotiaStormers
Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian
de Allende, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom,
8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4
Michael Rhodes, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra
Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17
Oliver Kebble, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis
Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau