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Crusaders make ten changes for Highlanders



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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with ten changes to his starting line up for this Saturday’s clash against the Highlanders.

The Crusaders beat the Rebels last weekend but Robertson has named a whole new front row with Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks starting, and Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa and Ben Funnell sitting on the bench.

The other changes in the forwards are at lock, with Luke Romano staring and Quinten Strange shifting to the reserves, and at loose forward with Matt Todd returning at number 7 in place of Pete Samu.

In the backs, Mitchell Drummond starts at halfback this week. George Bridge and Seta Tamanivalu take the wings, and Ryan Crotty and Jack Goodhue start in the midfield.

Bryn Hall will cover halfback while Mitchell Hunt and Israel Dagg will cover the rest of the back line.

The last time the Crusaders and Highlanders played each other was in round two of the season, and the Crusaders snatched a last minute win down in Dunedin.

The Crusaders have won every game since, while the Highlanders have dropped just one game since and won their last nine in a row.


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

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Jed Brown , 21. Bryn Hall , 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Israel Dagg

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