Super Rugby

Crusaders start eight All Blacks against Highlanders




Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.

Robertson has named his side for the match, which features the return to the starting line up of eight players from All Blacks duty, and the highly anticipated return of No. 8 Kieran Read from injury.

Sam Whitelock is back from his successful three-Test series as Captain of the All Blacks to start at lock and resume the captaincy, while both Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty will resume their respective roles as Vice-Captains.

Prop Wyatt Crockett will play his 200th Super Rugby match this week, and will run out on to ‘Wyatt Crockett Stadium’ to bring up the milestone. It was announced earlier this week that the stadium would be renamed for this match in acknowledgment of Crockett’s achievement.


1. Joe Moody ,Andrew Makalio , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Kieran Read, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Jordan Taufua , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Manasa Mataele

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