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Crusaders include All Blacks in team to play Lions 

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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has included most of his All Blacks in the team to play  British and Irish Lions for the first time.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named a strong side that includes an All Black tight five and a backline brimming with the exciting young Super Rugby talent that has been on display this season.

Robertson said the team is under no illusions about how tough this British and Irish Lions team will be:  “This is a huge and exciting challenge for us.  We are facing some of the best rugby players in the world, but we have some of the world’s best in this team too, so it will be a fantastic clash.

“No matter how it unfolds, this will be a game that the players involved will remember as one of the special moments in their careers.  Not that many players get the opportunity to play in a British and Irish Lions tour, and to do that in front of a sellout crowd at AMI Stadium in our Crusaders colours is going to be a awesome occasion for the team and for the fans in the stands,” Robertson said.

The only changes to the team that beat the HIghlanders last weekend are a rotation at halfback with Bryn Hall starting and Mitchell Drummond on the bench; a switch to second five for David Havili with Israel Dagg coming in at fullback; and Tim Bateman coming in via the bench.

 Crusaders 

1.   Joe Moody  ,2.   Codie Taylor,3.   Owen Franks ,4.   Luke Romano ,5.   Sam Whitelock (C) ,6.   Heiden Bedwell-Curtis,7.   Matt Todd (VC),8.   Jordan Taufua,9.   Bryn Hall ,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. George Bridge,12. David Havili,13. Jack Goodhue,14. Seta Tamanivalu,15. Israel Dagg

Replcements:16. Ben Funnell ,17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Quinten Strange,20. Jed Brown ,21. Mitchell Drummond,22. Mitchell Hunt ,23. Tim Bateman

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