Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson named his team to play Bay of Plenty on Thursday night. It includes five changes to the starting fifteen that beat Waikato last week.
In the front row, hooker Marcel Cummings-Toone will get his first start for Canterbury, with Ben Funnell providing cover from the bench. Lock Luke Katene will pair up with Matt Symons this week, and Joel Everson moves to the reserves.
With Luke Whitelock and Colin Slade called back into the All Black camp, Jordan Taufua will pull on the Number 8 jersey this week and Jamie Verran will return to the fullback spot.
Halfbacks Andy Ellis and Willi Heinz have rotated again so that Ellis takes the starting spot this week.
The team will leave for Rotorua tomorrow and kick off is at 7:35pm, Thursday at Rotorua International Stadium.
Canterbury team to play Bay of Plenty:
Canterbury: 15 Jamie Verran, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Milford Keresoma, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (capt), 5 Matt Symons, 4 Luke Katene, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 1 Paea Fa’anunu.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Sione Faletau, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Jed Brown, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Rob Thompson, 22 Richie Mo’unga.
Referee: Richard Kelly