The Crusaders will play the second game of their South African leg this weekend, against the current South African conference leaders, the Sharks. Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named a team which includes seven changes to the starting line-up that played the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.
Props Wyatt Crockett and Joe Moody have again rotated so that Crockett starts at 1 this week. Nepo Laulala will start on the other side of the scrum, with Owen Franks named in the reserves.
Matt Todd returns to the number 7 jersey this week and Richie McCaw will provide loose forward cover from the bench.
Dan Carter is unavailable to play as he has returned to New Zealand awaiting the birth of his second child, which means Colin Slade moves back into first five. Ryan Crotty shifts to second five and Kieron Fonotia to centre.
David Havili makes his first start for the Crusaders, taking the right wing. Tom Taylor and Nafi Tuitavake will be ready to make an impact in the back line when they come off the bench.
Kick off at Kings Park Stadium in Durban is 2:00am (NZT) this Sunday.
Crusaders team to play the Sharks:
|2||Ben Funnell||16||Codie Taylor|
|3||Nepo Laulala||17||Joe Moody|
|4||Luke Romano||18||Owen Franks|
|5||Sam Whitelock||19||Jimmy Tupou|
|6||Jordan Taufua||20||Richie McCaw|
|7||Matt Todd||21||Mitchell Drummond|
|8||Kieran Read (c)||22||Tom Taylor|
|9||Andy Ellis||23||Nafi Tuitavake|