Crusaders team to play the Highlanders

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Ryan Crotty in action against the Highlanders in 2012. Photo by Getty Images.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named the team to play Jamie Joseph’s Highlanders in the second pre-season game of the Investec Super Rugby 2013 season. The game takes place on Friday 8th February at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.

The game sees the inclusion of some of the more experienced players into the squad including Wyatt Crockett, Luke Romano and Israel Dagg.

Telusa Veainu has this week been called into the Crusaders team. Veainu was a member of the last three winning Canterbury ITM Cup teams and has also been part of the Highlanders wider training squad. He is currently on an interim contract with the Crusaders as cover for the outside backs.

The team will be captained by second five-eighth Ryan Crotty.

Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Ben Funnell

3. Pa’ea Fa’anunu

4. Luke Romano

5. Dominic Bird

6. Luke Whitelock

7. Shane Christie

8. Jordan Taufua

9. Andy Ellis

10. Tom Taylor

11. Johnny McNicholl

12. Ryan Crotty (Captain)

13. Israel Dagg

14. Adam Whitelock

15. Tom Marshall

Reserves:

16. Codie Taylor

17. Adrian Barone

18. Joe Moody

19. Jimmy Tupou

20. Jeremy Su’a

21. Willi Heinz

22. Robbie Fruean

23. Telusa Veainu

24. Joel Everson

25. Mitch Graham

Matt Todd

Tyler Blyenedaal

Kieran Fonotia

George Whitelock

James Schrader

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