No McCaw for Cheetahs duel

    2015-03-19 07:46
    Richie McCaw (AFP)

    Cape Town - Richie McCaw has been rotated out of the Crusaders team to face the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.

    The All Black skipper, who played at openside flank in the 34-6 win over the Lions at AMI Stadium last weekend and started on the blindside in the previous three fixtures against the Rebels, Highlanders and Lions, has been replaced by Matt Todd at No 7.

    In all, coach Todd Blackadder made four changes to the starting line-up that beat the Lions.

    Up front, hookers Codie Taylor and Ben Funnell will rotate so that Taylor starts at No 2, and Matt Todd returns to the team to play in the No 7 jersey this week.

    In the backline, Israel Dagg returns from injury to take the fullback spot, while Kieron Fonotia moves onto the wing following Johnny McNicholl’s knee injury last week.

    Dan Carter stays at inside centre with Colin Slade at pivot.

    Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 08:35 (SA time).



    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 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 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 David Havili


    15 Willie le Roux, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie

    Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin

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