Donnelly comes in for the Crusaders

10th Jul 2013, 07:38

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Elevated to the starting XV: Tom Donnely

Elevated to the starting XV: Tom Donnely

Lock Tom Donnelly replaces the injured Luke Romano in the only change to the Crusaders starting line-up to face the Hurricanes.

Lock Tom Donnelly replaces the injured Luke Romano in the only change to the Crusaders starting line-up to face the Hurricanes.

Romano suffered an ankle sprain last time out and as a result has been ruled out of the encounter. Jimmy Tupou is added to the bench as second row cover.

As expected, All Black skipper Richie McCaw is not included in the matchday 22, with the flanker instead playing a club match as he works his way back into the game after an eight-month sabbatical.

A win over the Hurricanes will ensure that the Crusaders have a home play-off berth.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Jimmy Tupou, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Telusa Veainu.

Date: Friday, July 12
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garrett Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)