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Guildford included on Crusaders bench

21st March 2013 06:35


Zac Guildford congratulated after scoring for Crusaders

Back in favour: Zac Guildford

All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has been named on the Crusaders bench for Saturday's clash with the Kings in Christchurch.

Guildford makes a late start to the season as he underwent treatment for an alcohol-related problem after an alleged altercation at a party following a drinking binge.

The 24-year-old's inclusion is one of four changes to the side that beat the Bulls 41-19 last weekend.

The only alterations in the starting line-up sees Willi Heinz replacing Andy Ellis at scrum-half while Luke Romano returns from injury to take over from Dominic Bird at lock.

And on the bench, Codie Taylor takes over from Ben Funnell, who is suspended, as the replacement hooker.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg. 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano , 3 Owen Franks 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Zac Guildford.

Date: Saturday, 23 March
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffman (Australia)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Television match official: Keith Brown (New Zealand)

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