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Three Crusaders changes for Jaguares in Argentina

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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to his team to play the the Jaguares at Estadio Jose Amalfitani on Saturday

Robertson has made two straight changes and one d one positional change, to his starting forward pack for this game.

The Crusaders’ latest Super Rugby centurion Luke Romano has been promoted to the starting line-up and will partner Sam Whitelock.

In the loose forwards Tom Sanders moves from the bench to the starting side and will wear the No. 6 jersey, while Heiden Bedwell-Curtis moves to No. 8.

In the backs, Tim Bateman has been named at centre in place of Jack Goodhue, who has returned home to New Zealand with a hamstring injury.

On the right wing, Manasa Mataele earns the starting spot this week, off the back of strong performances in recent rounds.

On the bench, Otago prop Donald Brighouse comes in to the reserves, after Oliver Jager was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the tour through injury.

Meanwhile Pete Samu has made a successful return from injury, joining the team in Buenos Aires; Samu will wear the No. 20 jersey on Saturday night.

Finally, after making his debut against the Bulls in Christchurch two weeks ago, Braydon Ennor could also run on to the park in Argentina this weekend – the 20-year old has been named on the bench.

Crusaders

1. Tim Perry , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Michael Alaalatoa , 4. Luke Romano , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Tom Sanders , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Mitchell Hunt , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Tim Bateman , 14. Manasa Mataele , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Donald Brighouse,18. Chris King,19. Quinten Strange, 20. Pete Samu,21. Mitchell Drummond,22. Mike Delany,23. Braydon Ennor

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