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    Read makes long-awaited Crusaders return

    2018-07-04 08:01

    Cape Town - All Black captain Kieran Read will make his long-awaited return to the Crusaders side for Friday's clash against the Highlanders at 'Wyatt Crocket Stadium'. 

    Read, who has been out with a back injury all year, is joined by eight All Blacks who return from international duty. 

    The match will see veteran prop Wyatt Crockett start his 200th Super Rugby match with the franchise naming the stadium after him - just for the weekend - as a sign of respect. 

    Samuel Whitelock, meanwhile, will continue to captain the side while both Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty will serve as vice-captains.

    Kick-off on Friday is at 09:35 (SA time).

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    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 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Matael

    Highlanders

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    Fixtures

    Friday, 31 January 2020
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 08:05
    • Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium 10:15
    • Sharks v Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 19:10
    Saturday, 01 February 2020
    • Sunwolves v Rebels, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium 05:45
    • Crusaders v Waratahs, Trafalgar Park 08:05
    • Stormers v Hurricanes, Cape Town 15:05
    • Jaguares v Lions, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
    Friday, 07 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Sharks, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Brumbies v Rebels, GIO Stadium 10:15

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