Will Jordan back at 15 for Crusaders

Date published: July 23 2020

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made two alterations to his starting XV for Saturday’s clash with the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

Both changes are injury-enforced from the starting side that defeated the Blues in Round Five.

Vice-captain David Havili has been ruled out for the season after fracturing the base of his right thumb against the Blues, meaning the competition’s leading try-scorer, Will Jordan, will start at full-back.

Jack Goodhue joins Whetu Douglas as vice-captain in Havili’s absence, and is set to partner with Fetuli Paea in the midfield this week, after centre Braydon Ennor was ruled out with a toe injury.

Brett Cameron and Leicester Fainga’anuku have both joined the matchday 23 this week, and will provide cover on the replacements bench.

The Crusaders and Hurricanes are currently sitting first and third on the Super Rugby Aotearoa standings table. While the Crusaders have won the last six Super Rugby matches between the sides, it was the Hurricanes who handed the Crusaders their last loss at home in 2016.

Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku

Date: Saturday, July 25
Venue: Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:05 (08:05 BST, 07:05 GMT)
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Mike Fraser
TMO: Ben O’Keeffe