All Blacks pivot Dan Carter will be amongst the replacements when the Crusaders face the Hurricanes in a pre-season game in Eketahuna on Saturday.
Crusaders Coach Todd Blackadder said the team is looking forward to playing this pre-season match in rural New Zealand.
“This is rugby in the heartland, and that’s what we love about it,” said Blackadder.
“This may be Hurricanes territory, but many of our boys have grown up playing their rugby on country grounds just like this so I think they’ll feel right at home there.
“The Hurricanes are always an exciting team to play and we know to never take them lightly. This will be a very interesting test for the two teams and a great chance for players to pit themselves against some of the best talent in New Zealand.”
For six players it will be their first game time for the Crusaders this season. Joe Moody and Tom Taylor will start the game, while Dan Carter will lace up on the reserve bench. Blair Prinsep, Jack Stratton and David Havilli will play in the Crusaders jersey for the first time when they come off the bench this weekend.
Crusaders: 15 Richie Mo’unga. 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Kieron Fonotia, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Jimmy Tupou, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Codie Taylor, 18 Daniel Lienert, 19 Blair Prinsep, 17 Luke Whitelock, 18 Jack Stratton, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Dan Carter, 21 Jed Brown, 22 Scott Barrett, 23 Alex Hodgman, 24 Nathaniel Apa, 25 David Havilli, 26 Rob Thompson, 27 George Bridge.