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Read returns for Crusaders

10th April 2014 07:04


Kieran Read

Back: Kieran Read

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named a starting XV featuring four changes for Saturday's clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The only player who was not involved in last week's win over the Lions is Kieran Read, who returns to captain the side having recovered from a head knock two weeks ago. He replaces Luke Whitelock who has returned to New Zealand with a knee injury.

There are also some rotations between starting positions and the bench - Corey Flynn will start at hooker this weekend with Ben Funnell moving to the reserves.

Nepo Laulala comes into the tighthead prop position while Owen Franks takes a spot on the bench while scrum-halves Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis have swapped so that Heinz wears number 9 this week.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Nemani Nadolo , 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Tom Taylor.

Date: Saturday, April 12
Kick-off: 17.05 local (16:05 BST, 15.05 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Francois de Bruin Francois (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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