Crusaders team to play the Reds in pre-season clash

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The Crusaders will play a Waitangi Day friendly against the Reds as their final pre-season match for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season.

Owen Franks and Colin Slade join the line-up for the first time this pre-season, and Dan Carter makes his first start at 10.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder said that, like the other warm-up games against the Highlanders and Hurricanes, he would be treating this as an opportunity to trial some combinations ahead of the season starting.

“These games have been a great opportunity for some of the newer players in the training squad in particular to get some game practice, and for players who may not have played in the same team previously to get used to playing together.

“We’re starting to get a good feel for which combinations are firing and where we need more work. We were really pleased with what we saw in the last quarter of our last game, so we’ll be looking to step it up from there this week,” Blackadder said.

The Crusaders and Reds will play at Brisbane’s Ballymore Stadium at 10:30pm (NZ time) this Friday night.

Crusaders team to play the Reds:

1
Alex Hodgman
2
Codie Taylor
3
Owen Franks
4
Luke Romano
5
Dominic Bird
6
Jimmy Tupou
7
Matt Todd (c)
8
Luke Whitelock
9
Mitchell Drummond
10
Daniel Carter
11
Johnny McNicholl
12
Tom Taylor
13
Kieron Fonotia
14
Robbie Fruean
15
Colin Slade

RESERVES:

Ben Funnell (FR)

Ged Robinson (FR)

Joe Moody (FR)

Daniel Lienert –Brown (FR)

Scott Barrett

Tom Sanders

Billy Guyton

Nathaniel Apa

Nafi Tuitavaki

David Havili

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