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Crusaders make two changes for Brumbies


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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a starting team with two changes for Sunday’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Blackadder has retained the forward pack that played against the Jaguares last week in Christchuch and Kieran Read retains the captaincy.

There are two changes to the backline as David Havili starts at second five-eighth and Jone Macilai comes in to start on the right wing and partner Nemani Nadolo. Ryan Crotty (hamstring) and Johnny McNicholl sit out this week.

On the replacements bench there are two changes with Sam Whitelock and Marty McKenzie both included in the 23.


1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Luke Romano , 5. Scott Barrett , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd , 8. Kieran Read (c) , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. Nemani Nadolo , 12. David Havili , 13. Kieron Fonotia , 14. Jone Macilai , 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson ,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Mike Alaalatoa, 19. Sam Whitelock,20. Tim Boys,21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Sean Wainui, 23. Marty McKenzie

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