Crusaders change three for 'Tahs

30th May 2013, 08:20

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Back from injury: Corey Flynn

Back from injury: Corey Flynn

Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.

Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.

Corey Flynn returns from an injury to his hamstring to take the number two jersey, moving Ben Funnell to the bench.

A fractured finger for Sam Whitelock gives Dominic Bird the opportunity to start alongside Luke Romano while Jimmy Tupou comes onto the bench.

In the backs the jostle for the scrum-half position sees Willi Heinz make the starting fifteen and Andy Ellis move to the bench.

Centre Robbie Fruean has again been named amongst the replacements, with Tom Taylor and Ryan Crotty making up the midfield.

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

Date: Friday, May 31
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Richard Kelly, Shane McDermott
Television match official: Glenn Newman