Crusaders ring the changes

Date published: April 2 2015

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made seven changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Sharks in Durban.

Props Wyatt Crockett and Joe Moody have again rotated so that Crockett starts at loosehead this week. Nepo Laulala will start on the other side of the scrum, with Owen Franks named in the reserves.

Matt Todd returns to the number seven jersey this week and Richie McCaw will provide loose forward cover from the bench.

Dan Carter is unavailable to play as he has returned to New Zealand awaiting the birth of his second child, which means Colin Slade moves back into fly-half. Ryan Crotty shifts to inside centre and Kieron Fonotia will wear the number 13 jersey.

David Havili makes his first start for the Crusaders on the right wing. Tom Taylor and Nafi Tuitavake will be ready to make an impact in the back-line when they come off the bench.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.

Date: Saturday, April 4
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13.00 GMT, 02.00 NZST, 00.00 AEST)
Venue: Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse (South Africa), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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