The Crusaders head to Wellington this Friday to face the Hurricanes. With both teams yet to secure a win it promises to be an exciting game with plenty of action.
Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team and has made three changes to the starting fifteen that played the Blues last weekend.
Israel Dagg starts as fullback as Johnny McNicholl, who returns from injury, and Tom Marshall take the wings. This see’s Adam Whitelock and Tom Taylor move to the bench. In the forward pack Dominic Bird, who had an impressive debut super rugby game last week, steps in for Luke Romano who is out with a rib injury.
The game will also see former team mates and brothers Owen and Ben Franks come head to head for the first time.
The Crusaders will face the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium in Wellington at 7:35pm this Friday night.
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Adam Whitelock.