Whitelock one of eight Crusaders changes for Blues

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a starting team with three changes to the side that beat the Hurricanes to face the Blues this weekend.

Blackadder has retained the backline that played last week but made three change to the forwards and then five changes in the replacements.

Wyatt Crockett returns to the number 1 jersey this week, while Alex Hodgman moves to the bench.

Hookers Ben Funnell and Codie Taylor have rotated again so that Taylor takes the starting spot on Saturday.

The final change to the starting fifteen is at lock, with Dominic Bird coming into the team alongside Luke Romano.

Sam Whitelock returns from a head knock to take a spot on the bench, as does Ryan Crotty.

Crusaders

1 Wyatt Crockett , 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Owen Franks ,4 Luke Romano, 5 Dominic Bird ,6 Matt Todd ,7 Richie McCaw (c), 8 Jordan Taufua ,9 Mitchell Drummond ,10 Dan Carter ,11 Nemani Nadolo ,12 David Havili ,13 Robbie Fruean ,14 Nafi Tuitavake ,15 Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell ,17 Alex Hodgman,18 Nepo Laulala ,19 Sam Whitelock,20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis ,22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Kieron Fonotia

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