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Crusaders bring in All Blacks for Chiefs

David Havilihas been ruled out for the season

David Havilihas been ruled out for the season

Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with seven All Blacks in the starting side to play the Chiefs in Hamilton.

David Havili to start at No. while there are also returns to the starting team for All Blacks prop Joe Moody and wing George Bridge.

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Codie Taylor and Sevu Reece have also been named to start this week, while Captain Scott Barrett and the midfield combination of Jack Goodhue and Braydon Ennor, remain from last week’s run-on team.

Forwards Tom Christie and Cullen Grace also retain their spots in the match day 23 following impressive debuts in round one.

There is a reshuffle in the backline which sees David Havili start at first five-eighth this week in the absence of Richie Mo’unga, who will sit out this fixture as he recovers from minor knee and groin strains.

Will Jordan moves to fullback as a result, and Sevu Reece will line up on the right wing.


1. Joe Moody,2. Codie Taylor (VC),3. Oliver Jager,4. Scott Barrett (C),5. Mitchell Dunshea,6. Tom Sanders,7. Tom Christie,8. Whetukamokamo Douglas,9. Mitchell Drummond,10. David Havili (VC),11. George Bridge,12. Jack Goodhue,13. Braydon Ennor,14. Sevu Reece,15. Will Jordan

Replacements :16. Andrew Makalio,17. George Bower,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Luke Romano ,20. Cullen Grace,21. Bryn Hall,22. Brett Cameron,23. Leicester Faingaanuku

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