Strong look to Crusaders

Date published: June 29 2016

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The Crusaders have named their team to play the Chiefs in Suva on Friday as the two leading sides in New Zealand meet in an historic game.

Todd Blackadder has named a near full strength side with seven returning All Blacks in the 23, the only omissions are centre Ryan Crotty and second-row Luke Romano, who are ruled out through injury.

Both Mitchell Hunt and Jed Brown feature in the 23 for the first time, and will potentially make their debuts from the reserves bench.

Make sure to back your favourite for this contest by checking out the latest rugby betting odds.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Jone Macilai, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Sean Wainui

Date: Friday, July 1
Venue: NZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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