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Crusaders make five changes for the Force



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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a team with five changes to the starting side that beat the Lions for this weekend’s clash against the Force in Perth.

The front row remains unchanged, although Ged Robinson will be the reserve hooker on Friday having replaced the injured Ben Funnell in the travelling squad.

Locks Sam Whitelock and Scott Barrett have rotated, with Whitelock back in the starting spot.

Loose forwards Jordan Taufua and Jimmy Tupou, and halfbacks Mitchell Drummond and Andy Ellis, have also rotated this week, with Taufua and Drummond starting at 6 and 9 respectively.

Sean Wainui steps into centre this week, and although Israel Dagg was called into the squad Ben Volavola gets a start at fullback.

Kieron Fonotia and Jone Macilai will be prepared to add some punch to the back line if they come off the bench.


1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Codie Taylor,3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano,5. Sam Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C), 9. Mitchell Drummond, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Nemani Nadolo, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Sean Wainui, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 15. Ben Volavola

Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson ,17. Joe Moody,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Scott Barrett,20. Jimmy Tupou,21. Andy Ellis,22. Kieron Fonotia,23. Jone Macilai

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