Crusaders welcome back Nadolo

Date published: May 26 2016

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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his side for their clash with the Blues in Auckland this weekend.  

Behemoth wing Nemani Nadolo will be unleashed after coming back from a four-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Brumbies scrum-half Tomás Cubelli.

Nadolo replaces fellow Fijian international Jone Macilai on the left wing. 

Andy Ellis, who got his 150th Super Rugby cap last weekend, is replaced by Mitchell Drummond at scrum-half for the sake of rotation.

The Christchurch team will miss the experience that Sam Whitelock brings to the side as the All Blacks lock sustained a hamstring injury over the weekend.

Scott Barrett comes in for Whitelock and packs down next to Luke Romano in the second row. 

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Luke Romano, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 David Havili, 23 Marty McKenzie

Date: Saturday, May 28
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Paul Williams, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman

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