Crusaders bring out their big guns

13th Feb 2013, 06:57

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Lining up: Dan Carter

Lining up: Dan Carter

The Crusaders have named eleven All Blacks in their matchday 22 for their final pre-season hit-out against the Waratahs on Thursday.


The Crusaders have named eleven All Blacks in their matchday 22 for their final pre-season hit-out against the Waratahs on Thursday.

The final game before the Super Rugby season officially starts sees the inclusion of experienced Crusaders Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Dan Carter in the starting line-up.

Corey Flynn and Tom Donnelly also make their first appearance in the pre-season game taking their place on the bench.

The Crusaders will be looking for an improved performance this week against their Australian counterparts as well as taking the opportunity to establish combinations ahead of their first competition match against the Blues in Auckland on March 1.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements (from): Codie Taylor, Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Tom Marshall, Telusa Veianu, Shane Christie, Tom Donnelly, Corey Flynn.