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Crusaders make three changes for Lions

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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with three changes for this Sunday’s match against the Lions in Johannesburg.

The last time these two teams met was at the same venue and was the 2017 Super Rugby Final.

Robertson has made just one change to his starting forward pack, from the team that secured a bonus point win over the Bulls in Christchurch last Friday.

Vice-captain Matt Todd returns to the side and will wear the No. 7 jersey, after sitting out last week’s match with a rib injury.

At halfback, Bryn Hall and Mitch Drummond will rotate this week so that Hall takes the starting spot and Drummond provides cover on the bench.

The only other change in the backs sees Seta Tamanivalu return, and Manasa Mataele move to the reserves bench.

First five-eighth Mike Delany has recovered from the jarred knee he suffered at training ahead of the Highlanders match, and will wear the No. 22 jersey this week.

Crusaders

1. Tim Perry , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Mitchell Hunt , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Oliver Jager , 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Tom Sanders , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mike Delany , 23. Manasa Mataele

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