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Bridge returns for Crusaders against Highlanders

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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has included winger George Bridge in his team to play the Highlanders at Orangetheory Stadium this Easter weekend.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has confirmed the highly-anticipated return of George Bridge to the starting side for Friday’s southern derby, following the injury he sustained during All Blacks training in October last year.

Bridge will start on the right wing, with Sevu Reece moving to the reserves and the in-form Leicester Fainga’anuku retaining his spot on the left wing.

The only other change to the team, from the 23 that took the field at Eden Park two weeks ago, sees Mitchell Drummond start in his 98th appearance for the club, with Bryn Hall to come off the bench.

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody.2. Codie Taylor (VC).3. Michael Alaalatoa.4. Scott Barrett (C).5. Samuel Whitelock.6. Ethan Blackadder.7. Sione Havili Talitui.8. Cullen Grace.9. Mitchell Drummond.10. Richie Mo’unga.11. Leicester Fainga’anuku.12. David Havili (VC).13. Jack Goodhue.14. George Bridge.15. Will Jordan

Replacements:16. Brodie McAlister.17. George Bower.18. Oliver Jager.19. Mitchell Dunshea.20. Whetukamokamo Douglas.21. Bryn Hall.22. Fergus Burke.23. Sevu Reece

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