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Crusaders make four changes for Hurricanes


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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with four changes to the 23 for this Saturday’s match against current champions the Hurricanes.

Joe Moody has rotated into the number 1 jersey this week, with Wyatt Crockett taking a spot on the bench.

Also in the forward pack, hooker Ben Funnell returns to the 23 via the bench to provide cover for Codie Taylor.

In the backs, Ryan Crotty will start at second five this week, while Manasa Mataele comes into the reserves as backs cover.

Matt Todd will captain the side again this week, and will also have his 100th Super Rugby game (achieved against the Cheetahs in South Africa) recognised in front of the home crowd, with a post-match presentation. New Zealand Rugby will present Todd with a greenstone mere to mark his milestone.

Saturday’s game promises to be a thrilling encounter with the Crusaders aiming to maintain their unbeaten record with their 11th straight win, while the Hurricanes have lost just one game this season to the Chiefs.


1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano , 5. Scott Barrett , 6. Pete Samu, 7. Matt Todd (C), 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Mitchell Drummond , 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Manasa Mataele

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