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Crusaders Super rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with three changes to play the Stormers at Newlands Stadium on Saturday,

The match is the Crusaders last on the team’s tour before returning to play at home next Saturday.

Robertson has made three changes to the side that ran in seven tries in their bonus point win over the Bulls.

In the front row, Joe Moody will be rested this week, allowing a leg wound he sustained against the Bulls, to heal.

George Bower will start at loosehead prop and Harry Allan provides cover in the reserves.

Sam Whitelock returns to captain the side against the Stormers, having re-joined the squad in Cape Town earlier this week.

The final change to the side sees Ethan Blackadder get an opportunity to start on the blindside, with Jordan Taufua shifting to the bench.

The Crusaders’ backline remains unchanged from last weekend’s game, including Man of the Match Richie Mo’unga at first five-eighth and right wing Sevu Reece, who ran in three tries against the Bulls last week.

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor

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