Crusaders name team to play Highlanders

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Highlanders in a Super Rugby warm up match to be played in Timaru. 
Blackadder says the boys are itching to get out on the field and play some rugby in the southern derby. 
“The pre-season is starting to feel long to the players by about now. They’ve been pushed to their limits by trainers and coaches since before Christmas and now they’re just really looking forward to playing some actual rugby. 
“For us, this is going to be a really useful opportunity to see how the players fare under some game pressure and to learn about what our key work-ons should be for the remainder of the pre-season,” Blackadder said.
The team to play in Timaru is made up of current squad members, wider training group members and some players who have been involved in the pre-season as part of the Crusaders apprenticeship system.
The Crusaders will play two other pre-season games – vs the Hurricanes in Eketahuna on 31 January and vs the Reds in Brisbane on 6 February.
This week the game will kick off at 2:30 at Alpine Energy Stadium and will be played in four quarters with rolling substitutions.
Crusaders
1, Alex Hodgman, 2, Codie Taylor, 3, Nepo Laulala, 4, Scott Barrett, 5, Jimmy Tupou, 6, Tom Sanders, 7, Matt Todd (c ), 8, Luke Whitelock, 9, Mitchell Drummond, 10, Richie Mo’unga, 11, Nafi Tuitavake, 12, Nathaniel Apa, 13, Kieron Fonotia, 14, Jone Macalai, 15, Johnny McNicholl
Replacements: Ben Funnell (FR), Daniel Lienert-Brown (FR), Sione Faletau (FR), Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Billy Guyton, Robbie Fruean, Ged Robinson (FR), Rob Thompson, Reed Prinsep, George Bridges, Michael Green, Willi Heinz, Milford Keresoma, Luke Romano, Jed Brown, Luteru Laulala

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