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Crusaders change two for Highlanders



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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with two changes for this weekend’s Southern derby match against the Highlanders in Dunedin at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Robertson has named an unchanged forward pack for the match, and there are just two changes in the backs from the side that took the field in Wellington last weekend.

Mitchell Drummond and Bryn Hall will rotate this week, with Hall taking a spot on the bench and Drummond to wear the No. 9 jersey in what will be his 50th game for the Crusaders.

The only other change sees Tim Bateman step in to the starting line up at second five-eighth in place of Ryan Crotty.

“We love these derby games against our neighbours in Dunedin. The boys have prepared well, they’re really clear and looking forward to what is going to be a great battle on Saturday night,” Robertson said.


1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Codie Taylor 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Scott Barrett 5. Sam Whitelock (C)6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis 7. Matt Todd (VC) 8. Jordan Taufua 9. Mitchell Drummond 10. Mitchell Hunt 11. George Bridge 12. Tim Bateman 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Seta Tamanivalu 15. David Havili

Replacments 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Chris King ,18. Oliver Jager , 19. Luke Romano ,20. Billy Harmon ,21. Bryn Hall ,22. Mike Delany, 23. Manasa Mataele

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