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Crusaders make six changes for Highlanders

Israel Dagg is one of six changes to the Crusaders side this week

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Article Published: Wednesday 21 May 2014|

The Crusaders have made six changes to the starting team that lost in Christchurch to the Sharks for this week's match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has changed the whole front as Tim Perry, Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala come in for Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks who all rotate to the bench.

In the backs, Andy Ellis will start at halfback this week and Israel Dagg returns to fullback, which sees Tom Taylor move to centre replacing Rey Lee-Lo who drops out of the squad.

Adam Whitelock has returned from Glasgow where he made his NZ Sevens debut and will be ready to provide some impact off the bench for the Crusaders on Saturday.


1. Tim Perry,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua ,7. Richie McCaw (VC),8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nemani Nadolo ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Tom Taylor ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn ,17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. George Whitelock , 21. Willi Heinz ,22. Adam Whitelock ,23. Nafi Tuitavake

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