The Crusaders have named captain Kieran Read in their team to play the Blues this weekend at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
There are just two changes to the team that beat the Brumbies two weeks ago but the most notable is the return from injury of Kieran Read.
Read has been out with a toe injury for 7 weeks returns to the number eight jersey moving Luke Whitelock to the bench.
The game will be a special occasion for Andy Ellis as he mark’s his 100th Super Rugby cap.
Ellis started his Super Rugby career in 2006 and has since clocked up 8 seasons with the Crusaders, 26 All Blacks test caps, 2 Super Rugby titles, 3 ITM Cup titles and a World Cup.
1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (c) ,9. Andy Ellis ,10. Dan Carter ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Ryan Crotty ,13. Robbie Fruean ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Tom Taylor
Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody, 18. Dominic Bird ,19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Adam Whitelock, 22. Israel Dagg