Crusaders make eight changes for Highlanders


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Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made eight changes to his Super Rugby team to play the Highlanders in Dunedin this weekend.

The Crusaders edged the Brumbies in the opening round and Robertson has changed eight of the 23 that played last week.

There are two changes in the forwards – the first is at hooker, with Codie Taylor and Ben Funnell rotating so that Taylor takes the starting spot this Saturday night.

The other change is in the loose forwards, with Matt Todd returning to wear the seven jersey and Jed Brown on the bench.

In the backs, Seta Tamanivalu shifts to the left wing, allowing Israel Dagg to move from fullback to the right wing.

David Havili steps in at fullback, and Mitchell Hunt will start at first five following Richie Mo’unga’s hand injury.

Marty McKenzie takes a spot in the reserves as backs cover, and halfback Mitchell Drummond returns from his broken leg to take a seat on the bench.

The Crusaders will travel to Dunedin on Friday.


1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Whetu Douglas , 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Mitchell Hunt , 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. Jed Brown , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. George Bridge

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