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Former Reds winger Digby Ioane has been named in the Crusaders starting team to play the Reds at Suncorp stadium on Saturday.

Ioane moved to the Crusaders for this season and will make his debut for the Christchurch side on the left wing against his former team. Seta Tamanivalu moves to the other wing, and Israel Dagg moves back into fullback.

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will earn his first Crusaders cap at number 7, after Matt Todd strained a calf muscle in training.

The other change in the loose forwards is at 6, with Pete Samu starting this week and Jordan Taufua providing cover off the bench.

Prop Oli Jager is also set to make his debut if he comes on for Mike Alaalatoa, who shifts from the reserves to the starting tighthead position this week.

Joe Moody starts again at loosehead prop, with Tim Perry coming onto the bench as cover.

Crusaders

Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Digby Ioane, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Whetu Douglas, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu, Sam Whitelock (capt), Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Replacements : Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Bryn Hall, Marty McKenzie, George Bridge.

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