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Crusaders at near full strength for Chiefs in Fiji

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a Super Rugby team at near full strength to play the Chiefs in Suva Fiji on Friday.

This match is a first for the Super Rugby competition, with the National Stadium in Suva hosting this inaugural match.

This match carries additional significance as it doubles as a clash between the top two teams in the New Zealand conference.

Crusaders Head Coach, Todd Blackadder, has named a near full strength side with seven returning All Blacks in the 23, the only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano, who are out through injury.

Both Mitchell Hunt and Jed Brown feature in the 23 for the first time, and will potentially make their debuts from the reserves bench.

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett ,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. David Havili, 13. Kieron Fonotia, 14. Jone Macilai, 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Jed Brown,21. Mitchell Drummond,22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Sean Wainui

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