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Crusaders make eight changes for Highlanders QF

Ryan Crotty returns for the Crusaders this weekend

Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robinson has named a team with eight changes for the Highlanders in their Super Rugby quarter-final in Christchuch at AMI Stadium.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has made five changes and three positional changes to the starting fifteen that played the Hurricanes last weekend.

It is a fresh front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks that will face the Highlanders forward pack. Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa and Ben Funnell will cover from the bench.

Sam Whitelock returns to the starting line-up to captain the team, and vice-captain Ryan Crotty will also return at second-five.

That sees David Havili shift back to fullback and Israel Dagg move to the wing.

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. Seta Tamanivalu , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Israel Dagg , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Luke Romano , 20. Pete Samu , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. George Bridge