Crusaders make two changes for Hurricanes

The Crusaders have named a Super Rugby team to play tournament leaders the Hurricanes in Wellington with just two changes to the side that played last week against the Blues.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has been forced into one of the changes as Richie McCaw was ruled out following a head knock last week.

McCaw’s injury means that Matt Todd will start at 7 this week and Luke Whitelock comes onto the bench as loose forward cover.

Halfback Andy Ellis steps back into the starting line-up with Mitchell Drummond moving to the replacements.

The game will mark an impressive milestone for prop Wyatt Crockett, as he brings up his 150th game for the Crusaders.

Blackadder said the team will be keen to make this a game to remember for their good mate,”This is a remarkable achievement for any player and Crocky deserves every accolade he gets on this special occasion. He is the ultimate team man and a true Crusaders legend. “

“We all love him for his positivity, wit and loyalty and we are looking forward to honouring the big man on Saturday night.”


1.Wyatt Crockett , 2.Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks 4. Luke Romano, 5.Sam Whitelock , 6.Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd, 8.Kieran Read (c), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Colin Slade, 11,Nemani Nadolo,12. Dan Carter, 13. Ryan Crotty ,14 .David Havili,15. Tom Taylor

Replacements :16.Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody , 18. Nepo Laulala , 19. Jimmy Tupou , 20. Luke Whitelock , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Kieron Fonotia , 23.Nafi Tuitavake

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