Flynn keeps the captaincy armband

All Black captain Richie McCaw will play, but he will not be leading the Crusaders when they face the Stormers in a Round Eight Super 14 match in Christchurch on Saturday.

Crusaders coach Robbie Deans has confirmed on Monday that stand-in captain Corey Flynn will lead the side against the Stormers at Jade Stadium.

Deans says that the decision to leave Flynn in charge will allow the returning conditioning All Blacks to concentrate on their individual roles within the team.

Flynn was named as Crusaders skipper at the start of the campaign, pending the return of All Black skipper Richard McCaw, who was unavailable to the side for the first seven weeks of the Super 14 due to his involvement in the All Black conditioning programme.

“It was an easy decision,” Deans said.

“Retaining Corey as skipper for this weekend gives the team continuity while allowing those who are returning to focus on their roles without an added distraction.”

The Crusaders side to play the Stormers on Saturday will be named on Tuesday.

* Meanwhile Crusaders utility forward Reuben Thorne is hoping to overcome a niggling hamstring injury in time to be available for selection for the Stormers encounter.

Thorne’s place in the matchday 22 will depend on his fitness. He has been pestered by the hamstring problem during his reconditioning programme, spending the last 15 weeks in fitness and training mode.

The problem denied him a practice match with the Crusaders’ other six stars last week, but he’s hopeful of being ready to front the Stormers.

Thorne tweaked the hamstring early in his training regime and hasn’t been able to shake it completely.


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