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Crusaders make one change for Hurricanes Semi-final

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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with one change to the starting side to play the Hurricanes on Saturday in a Super rugby Semi-final at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The Crusaders beat the Sharks in their Quarter Final last weekend and Robertson has retained all but one of his players for this match.

The Crusaders’ welcome the return of All Blacks’ prop Joe Moody, who has recovered from injury to start at loosehead prop.

Fellow All Blacks’ front-rower Tim Perry will provide cover on the bench.

Robertson said there is no shortage of excitement in camp in the build up to this match: “This game is going to be huge, it doesn’t get any bigger than a New Zealand derby match in the knockout stages of Super Rugby.

“Everyone who has worn the jersey for us this season has performed so this was the hardest team to name because of the great depth we have in our squad. Joe has worked extremely hard to get back in time for Finals footy, and he joins a powerful forward pack, who are ready for the challenge on Saturday night.

“It’s always a privilege to play at home, but to host a Semi Final in front of our fans adds another level of anticipation and pride to the mix. Our fans have been right behind us all season and we’re excited to once again play for them in this week’s Semi Final,” Robertson said.

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. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili.

Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. Tim Perry, 18. Michael Alaalatoa ,19. Luke Romano,20. Pete Samu,21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt,23. Braydon Ennor

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