Our first game in Christchurch is just over a week away but before we kick things off at home, we take on the Blues in Auckland at Eden Park. Razor has named his side for the round three match, which sees an unchanged line up in the tight five.
In the loose forwards, an injury to Whetukamokamo Douglas means Tom Sanders will shift to No. 8, and Cullen Grace earns his first Crusaders start on the blindside. Grace’s promotion to the starting side means Sione Havili comes in to the match day team for the first time in 2020, and will make his debut appearance for the Crusaders if called on in the reserves. The 22-year-old already has one Super Rugby cap to his name and, ironically, it was for the Blues against the Rebels back in 2018.
In the backs, both Bryn Hall and Richie Mo’unga join the starting team for this game, and David Havili returns to fullback. Mitch Drummond and Will Jordan move to the bench.
Kick off against the Blues is 7:05pm, Friday 14th February, at Eden Park in Auckland.
Crusaders team to play the Blues:
Codie Taylor (VC)
Scott Barrett (C)
David Havili (VC)