Crusaders team to play the Brumbies

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The Crusaders will play their first home game in over a month when they face the Brumbies this Saturday afternoon. Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named a team with five changes to the starting fifteen that beat the Chiefs two weeks ago.

Richie McCaw has recovered from his broken thumb to return to the starting line-up and will play at number 6. Matt Todd retains the number 7 jersey and Luke Whitelock comes in at number 8 with Kieran ruled out due to the concussion suffered against the Chiefs.

Also returning from injury are Kieron Fonotia and Luke Romano. Fonotia will play at centre, seeing Tom Taylor take a place in the reserves, and Romano will provide lock cover off the bench.

The hookers and halfbacks rotate again this week, so Ben Funnell will be the starting hooker and Andy Ellis the starting halfback. Corey Flynn and Willi Heinz will be ready to provide impact off the bench.

Second five Ryan Crotty will captain the side in Read’s absence and McCaw will take up the vice captaincy reins.

Fans are encouraged to get to the ground early for the only afternoon game of the 2014 season at AMI Stadium. There will be plenty of entertainment in the lead up to the main event, including Christchurch band and X Factor stars ‘Moorhouse’ playing at 3:45pm. Saturday is also the 2014 ‘Daiken Customwood Day of the Sword’, meaning 3000 foam swords will be handed out to fans on entry. Kick-off for the Crusaders vs Brumbies is 4:35pm.

Crusaders team to play the Brumbies:

1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Ben Funnell

3. Owen Franks

4. Dominic Bird

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. Richie McCaw (VC)

7. Matt Todd

8. Luke Whitelock

9. Andy Ellis

10.Colin Slade

11.Nemani Nadolo

12.Ryan Crotty (C)

13.Kieron Fonotia

14.Johnny McNicholl

15.Israel Dagg

RESERVES:

16. Corey Flynn

17. Tim Perry

18. Nepo Laulala

19. Luke Romano

20. Jordan Taufua

21. Willi Heinz

22. Tom Taylor

23. Nafi Tuitavake

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