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Nadolo one of three Crusaders changes for Blues

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named winger Nemani Nadolo in a Super Rugby team with three changes for this weekend’s match on Saturday against the Blues at Eden Park.

The Crusaders beat Australian Conference leaders the Waratahs in their last outing so Blackadder has kept changes to a minimum.

Lock Sam Whitelock has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, which sees Scott Barrett enter the starting line-up and Jimmy Tupou take a place in the reserves.

Halfbacks Andy Ellis and Mitchell Drummond have rotated so that Drummond takes the starting spot this weekend.

Nemani Nadolo returns to the side this week following a four week suspension, and will join Johnny McNicholl on the wings.

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. Mitchell Drummond, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 23. Marty McKenzie, 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. Andy Ellis,22. David Havili

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