Canterbury team to play Otago

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Canterbury will take on Otago at home this Saturday afternoon, and Head Coach Scott Robertson has made five changes to the starting fifteen that beat Bay of Plenty last week.

 

Joe Moody returns from his shoulder injury to wear the number one jersey this week, and he will be joined by Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala in the front row.

 

With flanker Matt Todd’s call-up to the All Blacks squad, Jed Brown will make his first start at number seven.

 

In the backs, Willi Heinz starts at halfback this week with Andy Ellis on the bench, and Tom Taylor has recovered from injury to return to the fullback position.

 

Canterbury will also be able to call on some useful experience from the bench this week, with both Corey Flynn and Johnny McNicholl having recovered sufficiently from their injuries (Flynn – knee; McNicholl – ankle) to possibly get their first runs of the season, and Luke Whitelock also having returned from the All Black camp.

 

Kick-off is at 4:35pm at AMI Stadium on Saturday, and families in particular are urged to get to the stadium early to make the most of the additional children’s entertainment that will be at the stadium for this afternoon game.

 

Canterbury team to play Otago:

 

No. POSITION SURNAME FIRST NAME
1 Loosehead Prop MOODY JOE
2 Hooker FUNNELL BEN
3 Tighthead Prop LAULALA NEPO
4 Left Lock KATENE LUKE
5 Right Lock SYMONS MATT
6 Blindside Flanker WHITELOCK GEORGE  (C)
7 Openside Flanker BROWN JED
8 Number Eight TAUFUA JORDAN
9 Halfback HEINZ WILLI
10 First Five BLEYENDAAL TYLER
11 Left Wing KERESOMA MILFORD
12 Second Five CROTTY RYAN
13 Centre WHITELOCK ADAM
14 Right Wing OSBORNE PATRICK
15 Full Back TAYLOR TOM
 

REPLACEMENTS:

16 Hooker FLYNN COREY
17 Prop FA’ANUNU PAEA
18   EVERSON JOEL
19   WHITELOCK LUKE
20   ELLIS ANDY
21   THOMPSON ROB
22   MCNICHOLL JOHNNY

 

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