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Read returns for Crusaders against Chiefs in Fiji

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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play the Chiefs in Fiji on Saturday with Kieran Read returning to the starting side.

Along with Read, Billy Harmon, Mitch Drummond and Braydon Ennor all return to the starting XV while Ben Funnell and Mitch Dunshea also feature in the match day 23 this week.

Harmon has earned a start this week in place of Vice-Captain Matt Todd, who has been rested. Read’s return sees Whetukamokamo Douglas move from No. 8 to the blindside, and Jordan Taufua shift to the reserves.

The two changes in the backline from the side that took the field against the Blues last Saturday night see Bryn Hall and George Bridge move to the bench, making way for Drummond and Ennor to start this game.

“Fijian fans love their rugby, and the locals always provide a warm welcome to the team whenever we play here,” Robertson said.

“While this is a Chiefs home game, we are fortunate to have plenty of support in Suva, and look forward to the opportunity to connect with Crusaders fans over the next few days. We love playing in the heat, it’s something we’ll embrace in Fiji and make the most of the experience.”

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody ,2. Andrew Makalio,3. Michael Alaalatoa,4. Scott Barrett ,5. Samuel Whitelock (C) ,6. Whetukamokamo Douglas ,7. Billy Harmon ,8. Kieran Read ,9. Mitchell Drummond ,10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. Braydon Ennor ,12. Ryan Crotty (VC) ,13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Sevu Reece , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18. George Bower, 19. Mitchell Dunshea, 20. Jordan Taufua, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. George Bridge

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