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McCaw returns to face the Brumbies

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Captain Richard McCaw returns to the starting line-up after a two week break. McCaw will start at blindside flanker while Johnny Leo’o moves back to the openside.


Wing Rico Gear gets his first spell on the bench this season, while Ross Filipo returns from injury to make the 22.


Reuben Thorne is retained at lock after starting there against the Bulls last week, while hooker Tone Kopelani gets his second start of the season.


Last week’s win against the Bulls ensured a semi final and the upsets more than likely ensured a home semi final for the Crusaders.


The Crusaders team to play the Brumbies at 7.35pm(NZ time)on Friday May 12 at Jade Stadium is as follows:


1 Wyatt Crockett
2 Tone Kopelani
3 Greg Somerville
4 Chris Jack
5 Reuben Thorne
6 Richard McCaw (Cptn)
7 Johnny Leo’o
8 Mose Tuiali’i
9 Kevin Senio
10 Daniel Carter
11 Caleb Ralph
12 Aaron Mauger
13 Casey Laulala
14 Scott Hamilton
15 Leon MacDonald


Reserves
16 Corey Flynn
17 Campbell Johnstone
18 Ross Filipo
19 Tanerau Latimer
20 Andrew Ellis
21 Cameron McIntyre
22 Rico Gear

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