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Whitelock and Crotty return for Crusaders against Bulls

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Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play the Bulls at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Robertson has been able to bring back captain Sam Whitelock and vice-captain Ryan Crotty for this week’s match against the former South African champions.

There are five changes to the starting line-up from the side that played the Highlanders in Dunedin last Saturday.

Whitelock and Vice-Captain Ryan Crotty have both recovered from their concussions so they return to the team.

Prop Tim Perry also returns to the Crusaders team, having made a successful return from injury for the Crusaders Knights in recent weeks.

Perry will start, and Wyatt Crockett takes a spot on the bench. Flanker Billy Harmon will earn his second start for the Crusaders on Friday night; he replaces Vice-Captain Matt Todd, who took a knock to the ribs and will be rested this week. The only other change to the back line sees Manasa Mataele start on the right wing in place of Seta Tamanivalu.

On the reserves bench Quinten Strange will wear the No. 19 jersey this week, and Tom Sanders returns in jersey No. 20 having successfully recovered from the fractured ankle he sustained during the pre-season.

Brett Cameron will again provide first five-eighth cover on the bench, while Braydon Ennor could earn his first Super Rugby cap on Friday night if called on in the bench.

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor 1 Tim Perry

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Braydon Ennor

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