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Crusaders change six for Highlanders

22nd May 2014 05:06

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Back at 15: Israel Dagg

Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made six changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

In the forwards, the All Blacks front row of Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks move to the bench. Their spots in the run-on side has been taken by Tim Perry, Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala.

In the backs, Andy Ellis will start at scrum-half this weekend and Israel Dagg returns to full-back, which sees Tom Taylor move to centre.

Adam Whitelock has returned from Glasgow where he made his NZ Sevens debut and will be ready to provide some impact off the bench for the Crusaders on Saturday.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Tom Taylor, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 George Whitelock, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Adam Whitelock, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.

Date: Saturday, 24 May
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 17.35 local (05.35 GMT, 06.35 BST)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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