Read returns for Crusaders
Kieran Read (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kieran Read has recovered from his ankle injury and has been named in the Crusaders' starting XV for their Super Rugby clash against the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Read missed the Crusaders' last six games, but lines up at No 8 and resumes the captaincy for the match. He is the only change to the side that beat the Brumbies 30-23 a fortnight ago.
There is still no room for Israel Dagg in the starting line-up.
The seven-time champion Crusaders are currently third in the New Zealand Conference and sixth in the Overall standings. The Blues meanwhile find themselves in second and fifth in the two logs, respectively.
15 Tom Taylor, Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Willi Heinz, 20 Adam Whitelock, 21 Israel Dagg
15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Francis Saili