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Crusaders make seven changes for Sharks

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a Super Rugby team with seven changes to the starting line up to play the Sharks in Durban at Kings Park

Kieran Read returns to the Crusaders starting line up and will captain the side at number 8.

Also in the forwards Joe Moody and Codie Taylor return to the front row alongside Owen Franks with Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett and Mike Alaalatoa providing cover from the bench.

Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock are the starting locks, with Luke Romano in the reserves and Jimmy Tupou also covering lock or loose forward.

The experience of halfback Andy Ellis will be called upon to help drive the backline, while Ryan Crotty also returns at second five and David Havili moves back to fullback.

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody,2. Codie Taylor,3. Owen Franks ,4. Scott Barrett,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Andy Ellis,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Nemani Nadolo,12. Ryan Crotty,13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl,15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Luke Romano,20. Jimmy Tupou,21. Tim Boys,22. Mitchell Drummond,23. Ben Volavola

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