Crusaders make three changes for Chiefs

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a starting team with three changes to the one that beat the Cheetahs for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

In the forwards, Owen Franks and Nepo Laulala have switched places again so that Franks takes the number 3 jersey this week and Laulala takes a place on the bench.

Jordan Taufua will run out in the starting fifteen for the first time this season, having been promoted from the reserves to number 6. Luke Whitelock will provide cover from the bench.

Tom Taylor also moves into the starting fifteen, playing at centre this week.

Luke Romano (calf); Kieron Fonotia (hamstring); Richie McCaw (thumb); Joe Moody (ankle) were all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Corey Flynn,3. Owen Franks,4. Dominic Bird,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Willi Heinz,10.Colin Slade,11.Nemani Nadolo,12.Ryan Crotty (VC),13.Tom Taylor,14.Johnny McNicholl,15.Israel Dagg

Replacements :16. Ben Funnell,17. Tim Perry,18. Nepo Laulala,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Luke Whitelock,21. Andy Ellis,22. Tyler Bleyendaal,23. Adam Whitelock

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