Crusaders change 8 for Highlanders trip
Cape Town - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made eight changes to his side to play the Highlanders in Dunedin.
There are two changes in the forwards. The first is at hooker, with
Codie Taylor and Ben Funnell rotating so that Taylor takes the starting
spot this Saturday.
The other change is in the loose forwards, with Matt
Todd returning to wear the seven jersey and Jed Brown on the bench.
In the backs, Seta Tamanivalu shifts to the left wing, allowing
Israel Dagg to move from fullback to the right wing.
David Havili steps
in at fullback, and Mitchell Hunt will start at flyhalf following
Richie Mo'unga's hand injury.
Marty McKenzie takes a spot in the reserves as backs cover, and
scrumhalf Mitchell Drummond returns from his broken leg to take a seat
on the bench.
The match on Saturday will kick off at 08:35 (SA time).
15 Richard Buckman, 14 Waisake
Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima
Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon
(captain), 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam
Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16 Adrian Smith, 17
Craig Millar, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21
Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Patrick Osborne
15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7
Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3
Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18
Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond,
22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge