Canterbury team to play Auckland

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After bulldozing Manawatu 72 – 7 at home last night, Canterbury are now preparing to take on Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday night. Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson has made seven changes to last night’s starting fifteen.

In the front row, the props change from Paea Fa’anunu and Sione Faletau to Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala.

Matt Symons steps into the right lock position alongside Joel Everson, and Luke Katene takes his place in the reserves.

George Whitelock is back at number seven and will also captain the side against Auckland.

In the back line, Willi Heinz will start at halfback with Andy Ellis on the bench. Adam Whitelock returns to centre, which allows Ryan Crotty to move back into second five.

Crotty will also mark a significant milestone on Saturday night, playing his fiftieth game for Canterbury. Robertson says it is an achievement that all of the team will be keen to celebrate.

“Crotts is such a Canterbury stalwart. He is a superb player, but also an outstanding team man. His teammates hold him in such high regard and they will be determined to make him proud when they join him for his fiftieth match on Saturday night,” Robertson said.

Canterbury is currently sitting one point ahead of Auckland on the ITM Cup Premiership table.

Canterbury team to play Auckland:

1 MOODY, JOE

2 FUNNELL, BEN

3 LAULALA, NEPO

4 EVERSON, JOEL

5 SYMONS, MATT

6 WHITELOCK, LUKE

7 WHITELOCK, GEORGE (C)

8 MANU, NASI

9 HEINZ, WILLI

10 MO’UNGA, RICHIE

11 KERESOMA, MILFORD

12 CROTTY, RYAN

13 WHITELOCK, ADAM

14 OSBORNE, PATRICK

15 MCNICHOLL, JOHNNY

REPLACEMENTS:

16 FLYNN, COREY

17 FA’ANUNU, PAEA

18 KATENE, LUKE

19 TAUFUA, JORDAN

20 ELLIS, ANDY

21 THOMPSON, ROB

22 VERRAN, JAMIE

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