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Dagg at 13 for Crusaders

05th February 2013 08:10

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Israel Dagg of the Crusaders v Hurricanes

Dagg: Takes centre stage

All Blacks full-back Israel Dagg will wear the number 13 jersey for the Crusaders in Friday's Super Rugby pre-season outing against the Highlanders in Oamaru.

Dagg's midfield partner Ryan Crotty will lead the side which also includes a Wyatt Crockett and Luke Romano.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has also named winger Telusa Veainu in the team after being called up as injury cover for the depleting outside backs.

Blackadder is already missing Zac Guildford, who has withdrawn indefinitely from Super Rugby in a bid to resolve the alcohol-related issues that have dogged his career.

And former Highlanders winger Kurt Baker, seen as Guildford's logical replacement, is out for six weeks after tearing a hamstring at the Wellington Sevens last weekend

Veainu was a member of the last three winning Canterbury teams in the ITM Cup and has also been part of the Highlanders wider training squad.

Crusaders: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Israel Dagg, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Pa'ea Fa'anunu, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements (from): Tyler Blyendaal, Matt Todd, Kieran Fonotia, George Whitelock, Mitch Graham, Joel Everson, Telusa Veainu, Robbie Fruean, Willi Heinz, Jeremy Su'a, Jimmy Tupou, Joe Moody, Adrian Barone, Codie Taylor.

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