Carter on the bench against Hurricanes in trial

The Crusaders have named their squad to play in their second pre-season game against the Hurricanes this Saturday in Eketahuna with Dan Carter on the replacements bench.

The match is the sixth annual Tui Brewery pre-season game, formerly held in Mangatainoka but this year will be played in Eketahuna.

Crusaders Coach Todd Blackadder said the team is looking forward to playing this pre-season match in rural New Zealand.

“This is rugby in the heartland, and that’s what we love about it. This may be Hurricanes territory, but many of our boys have grown up playing their rugby on country grounds just like this so I think they’ll feel right at home there,” Blackadder said

“The Hurricanes are always an exciting team to play and we know to never take them lightly. This will be a very interesting test for the two teams and a great chance for players to pit themselves against some of the best talent in New Zealand.”

For six players it will be their first game time for the Crusaders this season.

Joe Moody and Tom Taylor will start the game, while Dan Carter will lace up on the replacements bench.

Blair Prinsep, Jack Stratton and David Havilli will play in the Crusaders jersey for the first time when they come off the bench this weekend.

Crusaders

1 .Joe Moody , 2 .Ged Robinson , 3 . Nepo Laulala , 4 .Luke Romano , 5 .Dominic Bird , 6 .Jordan Taufua , 7 . Matt Todd (c) , 8 . Jimmy Tupou , 9 . Billy Guyton , 10 . Tom Taylor , 11.Johnny McNicholl , 12. Kieron Fonotia , 13 .Robbie Fruean, 14 . Nafi Tuitavake , 15.Richie Mo’unga

Replacements : Ben Funnell (FR), Codie Taylor (FR), Daniel Lienert -Brown (FR), Blair Prinsep (FR), Luke Whitelock, Jack Stratton, Tom Sanders, Dan Carter, Jed Brown, Scott Barrett, Alex Hodgman (FR), Nathaniel Apa, David Havilli, Rob Thompson, George Bridge

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