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The Crusaders will resume their season against the Highlanders on Friday, and prop Wyatt Crockett is set to mark his 200th Super Rugby appearance in the southern derby.

The most capped Super Rugby player of all time, Crockett is currently in his 13th, and final, season with the Crusaders and the club will celebrate his latest achievement this week by inviting fans to attend the game at AMI Stadium – which has been renamed ‘Wyatt Crockett Stadium’ especially for this match.

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said the game would be a celebration of a very special player and a proud Crusaders man: “This game is an exciting opportunity for the Crusaders, and our fans, to acknowledge Crocky’s superb contribution to Super Rugby, and we’re grateful to AMI Insurance for allowing us to rename the stadium for this fixture as a celebration of such a memorable milestone”.

Crusaders sponsor 2degrees are also getting behind the celebrations this week, and will provide 5000 ‘Crockzilla’ headbands to fans when they arrive at Wyatt Crockett Stadium on Friday night.Crockett is well known for the white headband and black tape he wears, which covers his ears and provides protection from the rigors of scrums and mauls.

“This is an achievement that resonates with a lot of people, and we thank 2degrees for their support in adding to the fan experience for this match. We know there will be a number of supporters in the crowd who have followed Crocky’s career since it began in 2006, and this is an opportunity for those fans to head along and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic game of footy as well as a special occasion,” Riach said.

Last week it was announced that capacity had been extended to 19,600 for the game, with a temporary stand being constructed in the west stand to accommodate an additional 2000 fans.

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