Crusaders back Bedwell-Curtis for Super Rugby final
Christchurch - Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has made one injury-enforced change to his starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Lions.
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Heiden Bedwell-Curtis starts in the No 6 jersey in place of Jordan Taufua, who broke his arm last weekend's semi-final win over the Hurricanes.
The 27-year-old Bedwell-Curtis wasn't contracted to the Crusaders at the start of the year, initially getting called in only as injury cover.
There is also one change on the Crusaders bench. Last weekend's reserve hooker, Seb Siataga, also fractured his arm in that match and has been replaced by Sam Anderson-Heather as back up to Codie Taylor.
In total, 19 of the Crusaders' match-day 23 were also involved in last year's final against the same opposition in Johannesburg, when the Crusaders won 25-17.
Saturday's clash is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrink, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Howard Mnisi