Fruean dropped by Crusaders
Sydney - Robbie Fruean has been left out of the Crusaders side to face the Melbourne Rebels in Christchurch on Sunday.
Kick-off is 06:05 SA time.
According to the stuff.co.nz website
, the centre, who has started all eight of the Crusaders matches
this season, has been replaced by Ryan Crotty who has shuffled out one
position from his usual spot at inside centre.
Crotty has been replaced by Tom Taylor at No 12, while Dan Carter, who has
recovered from his hamstring strain, has been named on the bench.
Coach Todd Blackadder has made two other changes to the side that beat the Highlanders 24-8 in Christchurch last weekend.
Joe Moody starts as loosehead prop, moving Wyatt Crockett to the bench. Willi Heinz starts as scrumhalf ahead of Andy Ellis.
Fruean’s demotion is likely to be part of a strategy to freshen him
ahead of the following weekend’s match against the Brumbies in Canberra.
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty,
12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz, 8
7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (captain), 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke
Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Joe Moody
Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20
Andy Ellis, 21 Dan Carter, 22 Adam Whitelock
15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11
Cooper Vuna, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain),
7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3
Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson
Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 Nic
Stirzaker, 21 Angus Roberts, 22 Lachlan Mitchell