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Crusaders bring All Blacks back for Hurricanes

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders charges forward during the round two Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders charges forward during the round two Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs

Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has brought back three of his All Blacks for this Friday’s match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

The match will establish the competition leaders at the top of the New Zealand Super rugby conference.


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Head Coach Scott Robertson has named a starting side that includes the return of three All Blacks for this game.

Scott Barrett, Richie Mo’unga and Kieran Read all return to line up against the Hurricanes, which means Quinten Strange and Brett Cameron shift to the reserves.

The return of Read sees Whetukamokamo Douglas move to the blindside, and Jordan Taufua take Tom Sanders’ spot on the bench, after Sanders dislocated his shoulder against the Waratahs last weekend.

The only other changes to the match day 23 see Mitchell Drummond return to provide cover for Bryn Hall at halfback and Oliver Jager set to play his first Super Rugby match of 2019.

Crusaders

1. Harry Allan 2. Codie Taylor 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Scott Barrett 5. Sam Whitelock (C) 6. Whetukamokamo Douglas 7. Matt Todd (VC) 8. Kieran Read 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Braydon Ennor 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. George Bower ,18. Oliver Jager ,19. Quinten Strange, 20. Jordan Taufua , 21. Mitchell Drummond ,22. Brett Cameron,23. Will Jordan

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