Todd to lead Crusaders against Blues
Cape Town - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has named a strong
matchday squad to take on the Blues in their Super Rugby opener at Eden
Park on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
The side will be captained by Matt Todd in the absence of
regular skipper Sam Whitelock. Ryan Crotty has been named vice-captain.
The team features 10 players in the starting line-up who were part of
the All Blacks environment in 2018, including Test debutants Richie
Mo’unga at flyhalf and George Bridge on the left wing.
20-year-old Will Jordan has also been named in the matchday side, and
could earn his first Super Rugby cap if called on to take the field.
“After a long pre-season, there is a lot of excitement among the group to get our 2019 campaign underway.” said Robertson.
“The team is refreshed and eager to get back into their work
following two solid pre-season games. The Blues present a big challenge
for us first up on Saturday night, which is a fantastic way to start the
Michael Collins, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko
Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii,
6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Sione
Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman
16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Gerard
Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23
Sonny Bill Williams
David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7
Matt Todd (captain), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott
Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody
16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20
Tom Sanders, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Will Jordan