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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with ten changes for this weekend’s match against the Rebels in Melbourne.

Robertson has made ten changes to the the starting fifteen that beat the Chiefs last weekend in Fiji.

Last week’s bench front row of Wyatt Crockett, Ben Funnell and Mike Alaalatoa becomes the starting front row for Saturday night. Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody and Oli Jager will provide cover.

Lock Quinten Strange will make his first start of the season, pairing up with Sam Whitelock. Luke Romano takes a spot on the bench.

The loose forward trio will be Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu and Jordan Taufua, with Jed Brown having recovered from injury to take a place in the reserves.

Israel Dagg will also return from injury to take the wing this week, with Manasa Mataele on the opposite wing. Tim Bateman steps into the second five spot and Seta Tamanivalu will make his start at centre.

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Quinten Strange, 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7. Pete Samu, 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Manasa Mataele, 12. Tim Bateman ,13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Oli Jager, 19. Luke Romano , 20. Jed Brown , 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. George Bridge

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