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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with five changes to the side that beat the Hurricanes for the Reds in Brisbane.

The tight five remains the same, but in the loose forwards Tom Sanders earns his first start of the 2019 season in the No. 6 jersey, and Jordan Taufua moves to the bench.

In the backline, Mitch Drummond and Bryn Hall swap this week, so that Drummond starts at halfback.

Tim Bateman also steps in at second five-eighth in the absence of Vice-Captain Ryan Crotty, who is on an All Blacks rest week and won’t travel to Brisbane.

Round 1 Man of the Match Braydon Ennor will return to the starting team in Brisbane, replacing the injured Manasa Mataele on the right wing.

The final change sees Will Jordan, who turned 21 on Sunday, earn his first Super Rugby start at fullback, with David Havili providing cover in the reserves.

Crusaders

15 Will Jordan, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili

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