Crusaders star Israel Dagg has been shifted to his preferred full-back position for Friday's Super Rugby hit-out with the Hurricanes.
Crusaders star Israel Dagg has been shifted to his preferred full-back position for Friday's Super Rugby hit-out with the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Dagg returns to the number fifteen jersey, while Johnny McNicholl – back from injury – and Tom Marshall take the wings. This sees Adam Whitelock and Tom Taylor move to the bench.
In the forward pack Dominic Bird, who had an impressive Super Rugby debut game last week against the Blues, steps in for Luke Romano who is out with a rib injury.
Tom Donnelly joins the bench as cover for second row.
The match will also see former team-mates and brothers Owen and Ben Franks come head to head for the first time.
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Adam Whitelock.
Date: March 8
Kick-off: 19:35 (06:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)