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McCaw named on Crusaders bench to face Reds

Richie McCaw is back playing Super Rugby

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Article Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013|

The Crusaders have named their team to play the Reds in their Super Rugby qualifier against at AMI Stadium, Christchurch with Richie McCaw returning to the team.

McCaw has been named on the replacements bench and when he comes on to the field he will be making his first Super Rugby appearance this season.

McCaw returns from a six month sabbatical which he ended last weekend with an eighty minute club game last weekend.

Aside from McCaw's return Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made one change to the starting fifteen that beat the Hurricanes 25-17 last weekend.

Lock Luke Romano returns from an ankle injury to reform locking partnership team mate Sam Whitelock.

The Super Rugby Qualifier will also mark a special occasion for fellow flanker Matt Todd. When he pulls on the number 7 jersey and runs out on Saturday night he will be playing his 50th Super Rugby match for the Crusaders.

This is knock out rugby and with both sides vying to secure themselves a place in the semi-finals it will be an intense, physical and passionate battle.

The two sides have previously met on nineteen occasions with the Crusaders coming out the victors winning 68% of the battles.

However in recent years the two sides have developed some fierce rivalry and with player match ups such as first-fives Carter vs Cooper on the cards it is bound to be just that.

Add to the dynamic thirteen All Blacks (9 present and 4 former) in the Crusaders side facing a Reds team with fourteen Wallabies (6 present and 8 former) and the game is set to be a test match of Super Rugby proportions.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder encourages fans to come out in support of the team on Saturday.

"This season we remain unbeaten at home and this is largely due to the enthusiastic and boisterous red and black support we receive every time we play at AMI Stadium."

"With this weekend's game being the last time the Crusaders will play at home during 2013 we encourage fans to don the red & black once more and help us to show the Reds what it is like to play knock out footy at our fortress."


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

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell 17. Joe Moody 18. Luke Whitelock 19. Richie McCaw 20. Willi Heinz 21. Tyler Bleyendaal 22. Adam Whitelock

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