Crusaders change three for Blues

Date published: June 4 2015

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his pack for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Blues.  

Wyatt Crockett returns to loosehead, while Alex Hodgman drops to the bench. Hookers Ben Funnell and Codie Taylor have rotated again so that Taylor takes the starting spot.

The final change to the starting XV is at lock, with Dominic Bird coming into the team alongside Luke Romano as Jimmy Tupou drops out of the squad.

The backline that beat the Hurricanes last weekend is unchanged. 

Sam Whitelock returns from a head knock to take a spot on the bench, as does Ryan Crotty.

Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Matt Todd, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Kieron Fonotia.
Date: Saturday, June 6
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off:  19:35 local (07:35 GMT; 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Jamie Nutbrown
TMO: Ben Skeen