Crusaders change four for Blues
Cape Town - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder
has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against
the Blues in Christchurch.
In the forward pack, Codie Taylor and Ben
Funnell have rotated so that Taylor starts at hooker this week, as have Owen
Franks and Nepo Laulala with Franks starting at tighthead prop.
Mitchell Drummond will start at scrumhalf
with Andy Ellis moving to the bench.
Ryan Crotty has recovered from a head knock
and will start at outside centre, with Kieron Fonotia ready to provide some
impact from the bench.
Blackadder said the overall 23 is largely
unchanged from last week in a showing of faith from the coaches that these
players can do the job.
“While we haven’t got the results we need
in the last couple of weeks, we are not hitting the panic button and making
wholesale changes because we know that our men will step up," he
"There is an immense amount of talent
in this group and the changes that need to happen to turn our losses into wins
are not big changes.
"Nobody will be more determined to turn
things around than these boys are."
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
for 09:35 (SA time).
15 Tom Taylor, 14 David Havili, 13 Ryan
Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8
Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 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 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron
Fonotia, 23 Nafi Tuitavake
Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani
Nanai, 10 Dan Bowden,9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6
Akira Ioane, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu
(captain), 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa
Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Jamison
Gibson-Park, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Tevita Li