Super Rugby

Three to make Crusaders debut against the Chiefs




Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a team with three débutantes for their Super Rugby opener against the Chiefs at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.

The three debutants Richie Mo’unga at first five, Tim Boys at loose forward and Sean Wainui at centre have all been named in the starting line up.

It is an experienced front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks that will take the field, with more valuable experience on the bench in the form of Wyatt Crockett and Ben Funnell.

Mike Alaalatoa may get his opportunity to make his Crusaders debut off the bench too.

Sam Whitelock will captain the side and partner up with Scott Barrett at lock, while Jimmy Tupou provides cover. The loose forward trio holds 199 caps between them, although it will be Tim Boys’ first in red and black. The uncapped Reed Prinsep has been given the nod as loose forward cover.

Halfback Andy Ellis will provide some vital experience for the back line, and Leon Fukofuka is another player preparing to make his debut off the bench.

Crusaders debutant Ben Volavola will cover Mo’unga at first five, while Kieron Fonotia takes the second five spot.

David Havili starts at fullback, Fijian flyers Nemani Nadolo and Jone Macilai start on the wings, and Johnny McNicholl will be ready to make an impact off the bench.


1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Samuel Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Tim Boys , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Richie Mo’ungan , 11. Nemani Nadolo ,12. Kieron Fonotia , 13. Sean Wainui , 14. Jone Macilai , 15. David Havili

Replacements : Ben Funnell , Wyatt Crockett ,Mike Alaalatoa ,Jimmy Tupou , Reed Prinsep , Leon Fukofuka , Ben Volavola ,Johnny McNicholl

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