Crockett makes record-breaking appearance

Date published: April 12 2017

Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett will set a new record for the most Super Rugby appearances by any player when the team faces the Sunwolves.

Friday's game will be the first time the Sunwolves have played in New Zealand.

Head coach Scott Robertson has made a raft of changes to the side that beat the Waratahs a fortnight ago, with just five players in the 23 remaining in the same position. Captain Sam Whitelock and vice-captain Matt Todd retain their spots at lock and loose forward; Mitchell Drummond starts again at halfback; and utitlity backs David Havili and Marty McKenzie will again wear the 15 and 22 jerseys respectively.

Kieran Read will make his first appearance of the 2017 season, having recovered from wrist surgery to take the number eight spot. Fly-half Richie Mo'unga also returns for the first time since round one, when he fractured a bone in his hand.

Two other players returning from recent injury are Jack Goodhue, who will start at centre, and Seta Tamanivalu who will play on the opposite wing to his nephew Manasa Mataele for the first time.

Two Tasman players are set to debut off the bench for the Crusaders this weekend – Andrew Makalio at hooker and Quinten Strange at lock.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge

Date: Friday, April 14
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Cam Stone
TMO: Glenn Newman

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