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Dagg one of five Crusaders changes for Jaguares

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a team with five changes for their Super Rugby match against the Jaguares at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The Crusaders beat the Western Force last weekend in Perth and for this week’s match Israel Dagg comes straight into the starting line up at fullback.

Also in the back line midfielder Ryan Crotty will play in his 100th Super Rugby match for the Crusaders on Friday.

In the forwards Props Joe Moody and Wyatt Crockett have rotated so that Moody takes the starting spot this week. Scott Barrett will pair up with Luke Romano at lock and Jimmy Tupou will provide cover.

Andy Ellis will be the starting halfback and Kieron Fonotia will start at centre. Mitchell Drummond, Sean Wainui and Ben Volavola will provide cover for the backs, while loose forward Tim Boys also comes onto the bench this week.

Blackadder said it would be a memorable occasion, hosting the Jaguares at AMI Stadium for the first time and also celebrating Crotty’s 100th cap.

“It has been a quick turnaround this week, from returning from Perth on Sunday to playing on Friday night, but there will be no problem keeping motivation and energy levels up for the team, with a home crowd to play in front of and an exciting new team to face.”

“The boys will also be keen to ensure that it is a memorable night for their good mate Ryan Crotty. He is a pivotal member of this team and to reach 100 games already is testament to the commitment and hard work that he has put in. We have been privileged to have him in the team for the last 99 games and we hope to have him around for many more.”

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody ,2. Codie Taylor ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano,5. Scott Barrett,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Andy Ellis,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Nemani Nadolo,12. Ryan Crotty,13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl,15. Israel Dagg,

Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Tim Boys,21. Mitchell Drummond,22. Sean Wainui,23. Ben Volavola,

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