Crusaders make five changes for Brumbies

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made five changes to the starting side that beat the Blues for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Kieran Read will return to play this weekend at 8 and as captain, which sees Jordan Taufua move to the bench.

Sam Whitelock also returns to the starting line-up this week after coming off the bench against the Blues. Jimmy Tupou takes his place in the reserves.

Andy Ellis will be the starting halfback and Billy Guyton may get to make his Crusaders debut if he comes off the bench.

Ryan Crotty will start at centre this week and Jone Macilai returns to the right wing.

Colin Slade has recovered from his quadriceps injury to take a spot on the bench and he’ll be joined by Nafi Tuitavake as backline cover.

Crusaders

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

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell ,17 Alex Hodgman,18 Nepo Laulala ,19 Jimmy Tupou , 20 Jordan Taufua ,21 Billy Guyton ,22 Colin Slade,23 Nafi Tuitavake

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