McCaw to face the might of the Force



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All Black flanker Richie McCaw will captain the Crusaders side in their second pre-season Super 14 match at Melbourne’s Olympic Park Stadium. Chris Jack, Dan Carter and wing Rico Gear will also be in the starting line-up.

Although coach Robbie Deans says that one must not read too much into it The Crusaders will start with four of their All Blacks who were part of last years Grand Slam tour.

“In terms of the starting team, we will very much respond to what we see through the game,” said Deans. It’s also likely we will use the whole bench.” he added.

Crusaders team to face the Force:

Scott Hamilton, Rico Gear, Caleb Ralph, Cameron McIntyre, Steven Yates, Dan Carter, Kevin Senio, Brad Mika, Richie McCaw (c), Reuben Thorne, Chris Jack, Ross Filipo, Campbell Johnstone, Tone Kopelani, Greg Somerville. Reserves: Ti’i Paulo, Wyatt Crockett, Kevin O’Neill, Tanerau Latimer, Andy Ellis, Aaron Mauger, Steven Brett, Ben Franks, Lucky Mulipola, Craig Clarke, Tim Taylor.

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