McCaw returns for Crusaders to face Bulls

Crusaders head coach  Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday with five changes to the starting side that beat the Cheetahs.

Blackadder has rotated his players to ensure that his replacements bench has the necessary impact to combat the altitude in Pretoria.

There are two rotations in the front row, with prop Joe Moody and hooker Ben Funnell taking the starting spots this week in place of Wyatt Crockett and Codie Taylor who are both on the bench.

Richie McCaw returns to play this week at 7, while Matt Todd will provide loose forward cover from the bench.

Dan Carter will also play in his traditional number 10 jersey, which sees Tom Taylor move into second five and Colin Slade preparing to make an impact from the replacements.


1. Joe Moody , 2 . Ben Funnell , 3 Owen Franks , 4 Luke Romano , 5 , Sam Whitelock , 6 Jordan Taufua , 7 Richie McCaw , 8 Kieran Read (c) , 9 Andy Ellis , 10 Dan Carter , 11 Nemani Nadolo , 12 Tom Taylor , 13 Ryan Crotty , 14 Kieron Fonotia , 15 , Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16 Codie Taylor , 17 Wyatt Crockett ,18 . Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou ,20 Matt Todd , 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Colin Slade, 23 David Havili

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