The Crusaders have named Owen Franks to win his 150th cap for the Christchurch side this Saturday against the Waratahs in Sydney.
While this will be Franks’ 150th game for the Crusaders it will be his 149th Super Rugby game.
Both teams will walk side-by-side on to Sydney Cricket Ground, and form one circle to observe a moment’s silence for all those affected by the tragedy.
“This tragedy has rocked our community, and we really feel for all those affected by the events of last Friday in Christchurch. Our hearts go out to people across our city, our region, and our country who are grieving right now and we’re grateful for the opportunity to pay our respects before the game. We’ll certainly be playing for our community on Saturday night,” Head Coach Scott Robertson said.
There are just two changes to the Crusaders side that was named to play the Highlanders last weekend, before that match was cancelled in Dunedin. Scott Barrett has been rested this week, Quinten Strange will start, and Luke Romano has been named on the bench.
The only other change sees Brett Cameron come in at first five-eighth in place of Richie Mo’unga. Mitch Hunt has recovered from his concussion to provide cover for Cameron in the reserves.
1. George Bower , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Quinten Strange, 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas , 9. Bryn Hall 23. Will Jordan, 10. Brett Cameron , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Braydon Ennor , 15. David Havili
Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. Harry Allan , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Luke Romano, 20. Tom Sanders ,21. Ereatara Enari ,22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Will Jordan