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Crusaders name Carter on the bench for Hurricanes

Dan Carter will come off the replacements bench against the Hurricanes

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Article Published: Thursday 26 June 2014|

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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has brought his All Blacks back to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday and also included Dan Carter on the replacements bench.

Dan Carter has been on sabbatical since November last year which makes this his first appearance on a Crusaders teamsheet for 2014.

Eight players have returned from the All Blacks to make the team, including prop Wyatt Crockett who will pack down with Corey Flynn and Nepo Laulala in the front row.

Owen Franks will provide front row cover alongside Joe Moody and Ben Funnell on the bench.

Locks Dom Bird and Sam Whitelock will pair up in the second row, and Matt Todd will wear the number 7 jersey with Richie McCaw ruled out with an injured rib.

Jordan Taufua and Luke Whitelock join him in the loose forwards with Kieran Read and Jimmy Tupou named in the reserves.

Colin Slade returns at first five and Dan Carter will have the opportunity to make an impact off the bench in his first game for the Crusaders this season.

With Nemani Nadolo still representing Fiji this week, Nafi Tuitavake and Johnny McNicholl take the two wings. They are joined by Ryan Crotty and Kieron Fonotia in the midfield, and Tom Taylor takes the fullback spot while Israel Dagg recovers from injury.

This is the final away game for the Crusaders in the 2014 regular season. The next two home games against the Blues and the Highlanders will help decide whether they will continue to the play-off rounds.

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nafi Tuitavake ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Kieron Fonotia ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody, 18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Kieran Read ,21. Willi Heinz ,22. Dan Carter ,23. Rob Thompson

 
 
 
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