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Crusaders make five changes for Chiefs match

Kieran Read leads the Crusaders out

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Article Published: Wednesday 3 July 2013

The Crusaders have named their team to play the Chiefs at home in Christchurch with five changes to the starting team that beat the Highlanders.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has brought back Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks to the front row.

Crockett and Flynn both started on the bench last weekend and Franks returns from an elbow infection which saw him hospitalised for two days.

Luke Romano joins Sam Whitelock in the middle row and Kieran Read claims the number eight jersey moving Luke Whitelock and Tom Donnelly to the bench.

The last time the two sides met was in round fifteen of the competition when the Crusaders came away with a 28-19 loss.

While the Chiefs have won the last three times these two sides have met, they have not played in Crusader country since 2009.

The Crusaders will be looking to remind their Waikato counterparts what it's like to play in front of a Crusader home crowd and to secure their place in the play offs.

The Crusaders are currently sitting fifth on the table and have two round robin matches left to play.

Both games are derby matches against their New Zealand counterparts at AMI Stadium.


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. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Tom Marshall , 15. Israel Dagg

Reserves 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody ,18. Tom Donnelly ,19. Luke Whitelock , 20. Willi Heinz , 21. Tyler Bleyendaal , 22. Telusa Veainu

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