Crusaders pick strong team to face Highlanders

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Zac Guilford flying towards the line. Photo by Anton Geyser /Rugby15.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Highlanders this Friday night and has made just three changes to the starting line-up from the team that beat the Blues two weeks ago.

The changes are Ben Franks coming into number 3 in place of brother, Owen, who will be on the bench; Kieran Read has recovered from his injury to return to number 8, which means Richie McCaw returns to number 7 and Matt Todd moves to the bench.

Kick-off is at 7:35 this Friday night at the new AMI Stadium (Addington).  People are advised to allow extra time to get to the stadium to account for Friday night traffic and an event at the neighbouring CBS Arena at the same time as the game.

Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Ben Franks, 4. Luke Romano,  5. Samuel Whitelock,  6. George Whitelock, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Dan Carter (vc), 11. Zac Guildford 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Adam Whitelock, 15. Israel Dagg.

Reserves:

16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Matt Todd, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Tom Marshall

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