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Taylor back for Canterbury

24th October 2013 06:40

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Tom Taylor for Canterbury

Full-back: Tom Taylor

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to his team that will face Wellington in the ITM Cup Premiership Final this Saturday.

The starting forwards are the same as played against Auckland in the semi-final last week, with Marcel Cummings-Toone coming onto the bench.

In the backs, Johnny McNicholl has moved to the left wing, making room for Tom Taylor to start at full-back. Rob Thompson stays in the squad.

Colin Slade has recovered from the knee injury he sustained last time Canterbury met Wellington, and will also take a place on the bench for the final.

"Wellington have been outstanding this season so there is no doubt they will be a big challenge on Saturday," Robertson told the Canterbury website about the challenge that awaits his side.

"It was a tough and close encounter last time we played. Finals create a great test of a team's character and we are looking forward to this challenge.

"Canterbury made history last year by becoming the first provincial team to win five titles in a row. That puts us in a position this year that no other team has ever been in - the chance to make it six out of six. We intend to fully honour that opportunity on Saturday night."

Canterbury: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Luke Whitelock, 6 George Whitelock (c), 5 Luke Katene, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements:
16 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 17 Paea Fa'anunu, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Rob Thompson, 22 Colin Slade.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 BST, 06:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, tba
Television match official: Chris Watt

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PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021