Crusaders shuffle side for Lions showdown
Cape Town - Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named his team to tackle the Lions in a Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 (SA time).
The Crusaders are coming off a bye week and Robertson has made a few changes to the team that beat the Highlanders 43-17 at home on April 12.
Up front, All Black Codie Taylor returns to start at hooker, while lock Quinten Strange and flank Billy Harmon have been given an opportunity to start as All Blacks duo Scott Barrett and Matt Todd are rested.
Utility forward Mitch Dunshea has also been named in the match-day squad, providing cover in the No 19 jersey.
In the backline, Mitch Drummond will start at scrumhalf and Ereatara Enari takes a spot on the bench.
There is a reshuffle out wide with All Black George Bridge returning to the left wing, Braydon Ennor moving in from the wing to the midfield and Sevu Reece lining up on the right wing.
Finally, 20-year-old wing Ngane Punivai is set to make his debut for the Crusaders, having been named on the bench for this clash with the Lions.
15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Michael Dunshea, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Ngane Punivai
15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Elton Jantjies, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan Mcbeth, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Franco Naude, 23 Tyrone Green