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    Scott Barrett returns to lead Crusaders

    2020-03-04 12:48

    The Crusaders welcome All Blacks lock Scott Barrett back in to the starting lineup for Friday's Super Rugby encounter with the Reds in Christchurch.

    Kick-off is at 08:05 (SA time).

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    Barrett is back to lead the 10-time champions after missing their Round Four match against the Highlanders due to a knee injury. Barrett's return at lock is one of five changes to the Crusaders’ starting line-up.

    In other alterations, George Bridge moves from the left wing to fullback with Leicester Fainga'anuku wearing the No 11 jersey, while Jack Goodhue shifts to outside centre to accommodate Dallas McLeod, who will make his Super Rugby debut at inside centre.

    The final backline change sees Ere Enari start at scrumhalf with Mitchell Drummond providing cover from the bench.

    Barrett’s return is the only change to the forwards. He comes in to partner Mitchell Dunshea in the engine room while Luke Romano drops down to the bench.

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    15 George Bridge, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Dallas McLeod, 11 Leicester Fainga'anuku, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Ere Enari, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

    Substitutes: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Manasa Mataele

    Reds

    15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Filipo Daugunu

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