Crusaders make ten changes for Lions clash

The Crusaders have named their team to play the Lions in Christchurch with Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Nemani Nadolo all making their first starts this season.

The return of the three internationals as well as the return of Dan Carter are among ten changes to the starting line-up that faced the Chiefs two weeks ago.

Kieran Read will play at Number 8 and captain the side. That sees Jordan Taufua move into 6 and Richie McCaw to 7.

Sam Whitelock will pair up with Luke Romano at lock, and Scott Barrett will provide cover from the bench.

The other change in the forwards is Owen Franks’ return at prop after serving his two week suspension.

In the backs, Andy Ellis will take the starting halfback spot. Nemani Nadolo will play his first Super Rugby game of 2015 on the wing, with Johnny McNicholl on the other.

Dan Carter returns from injury to play at second five, pushing Ryan Crotty out one place to centre.

David Havili is set to play his debut game for the Crusaders if he comes off the bench.


1, Wyatt Crockett, ,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, Colin Slade, 11, Nemani Nadolo, 12, Dan Carter, 13, Ryan Crotty , 14, Johnny McNicholl, 15, Tom Taylor, ,

Replacements : 16, Codie Taylor,17, Joe Moody, 18, Nepo Laulala , 19, Scott Barrett, 20, Luke Whitelock, 21, Mitchell Drummond, , 22, Kieron Fonotia, 23, David Havili

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