Crusaders tweak pack for Blues
Christchurch - Crusaders coach Todd
Blackadder has named team to tackle the Blues in a Super Rugby clash in
Auckland on Saturday.
Blackadder made three changes to his pack
and five changes in the reserves from the team that beat the Hurricanes 35-18
at home last weekend. The backline remains unchanged.
Wyatt Crockett returns to the No 1 jersey
this week, while Alex Hodgman moves to the bench.
Hookers Ben Funnell and Codie Taylor have
rotated again so that Taylor takes the starting spot.
final change to the starting XV is at lock, with Dominic Bird coming into the
team alongside Luke Romano, while Sam Whitelock returns from a head knock to
take a spot on the bench, as does Ryan Crotty.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Eden Park
is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
15 Tom Taylor, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Robbie
Fruean, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond,
8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Matt Todd, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke
Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Alex
Hodgman, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis,
22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Kieron Fonotia