Crusaders change four for Lions

Date published: July 21 2016

Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made four changes to his side for Saturday’s quarter-final with the Lions in Johannesburg.

Scrum-half Andy Ellis will starts this weekend after being pulled out from the team at late notice against the Hurricanes last weekend due to a calf injury.

The only other change to the back-line is Fijian flyer Jone Macilai who will start in the 11 jersey after Nemani Nadolo was declared injured in the beginning of the week and was not named in their touring squad to Johannesburg.

In the pack, Sam Whitelock replaces Scott Barrett at lock, after Whitelock couldn’t play last weekend as he was sick. Whitelock will join fellow All Black Luke Romano in the second-row.

Flanker Jordan Taufua will don the six jersey as Jimmy Tupou drops to the bench.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 David Havili, 11 Jone Macilai, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Jimmy Tupou, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Kieron Fonotia

Date: Saturday, July 23
Venue: Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off: 16:30 local (14:30 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Marius Jonker