Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes named

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Kieran Read scores agaisnt the Hurricanes in Wellington during the 2012 season. Photo by Getty Images.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named the team to play the Hurricanes in the first pre-season game of the Investec Super Rugby 2013 season. The game takes place this Saturday 2nd February at the Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru. Kick off is at 3pm.

With many of the more experienced players on the bench the Crusaders have the opportunity to play the newer members of the squad. 7 players are making their first appearance for the Crusaders in the starting line up this week. Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Dominic Bird, Shane Christie, Jordan Taufua, Jeremy Su’a and Kieran Fonotia.

Two players from the Canterbury academy have been called up to cover the outside backs Shane Anderson and James Schrader.

The team will be captained by experienced Crusader George Whitelock.

Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes:

1. Joe Moody

2. Codie Taylor

3. Owen Franks

4. Dominic Bird

5. Joel Everson

6. George Whitelock (c)

7. Shane Christie

8. Jordan Taufua

9. Jeremy Su’a

10. Tyler Blyendaal

11. Shayne Anderson

12. Robbie Fruen

13. Kieran Fonotia

14. James Schrader

15. Tom Marshall

Reserves:

16. Paea Fa’anunu

17. Adrian Barone

18. Mitch Graham

19. Ben Funnell

20. Jimmy Tupou

21. Matt Simons

22. Luke Whitelock

23. Matt Todd

24. Andy Ellis

25. Tyrone Elkington

26. Kolio Hifo

27. Stephen Burt

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