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Hunt starts at ten for Crusaders against Hurricanes

Mitchell Hunt of the Crusaders looks to kick a penalty kick during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders

Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play thee Hurricanes on Saturday in Wellington with Mitchell Hunt starting at first-five.

Robertson has made two changes to the loose forward trio and one in the backline that took the field against the Stormers last weekend.


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In the backs, Mitchell Hunt is set to start in the No. 10 jersey on Saturday after Richie Mo’unga fractured his jaw in the Stormers clash.

Mike Delany, who has 47 Super Rugby caps to his name, will provide cover on the bench. The only other change sees hooker Ben Funnell take a spot in the reserves this week.

Up front Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will start at blindside flanker in place of Pete Samu.

Vice captain Matt Todd returns to the openside this week, having recovered from the thumb injury which kept him out of the Stormers match, and Billy Harmon moves to the bench.

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Michael Alaalatoa , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Jordan Taufua 22. Mike Delany, 9. Bryn Hall 23. Manasa Mataele, 10. Mitchell Hunt , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili,

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Chris King ,18. Oliver Jager , 19. Luke Romano ,20. Billy Harmon ,21. Mitchell Drummond